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King's Mountain Baptist Association, and Convention 
of Delegates, held at 

Double Spring Church, 


THE Introductory sermon was preached by Elder D. Pannell, from 
John 17th Chap, and part of the 1st verse : " The hour is come.'^ 

The Convention was then called to order by Elder J- Suttle, and on 
his motion Elder Thomas Dickson was appointed Moderator, and J. R. 
Logan clerk pro tern. 

On motion, the letter of dismission g:ranted the Churches by the 
Broad River Association, was produced and read before the Convention; 
whereupon said Churches were severally calTed, and their correspond- 
ence read, the names of fheir delegates enrolled, and the state of each 

Read and adopted a Constitution, Rules of Order, and abstract of 
Principles for the jjovernment of the Association ; and ordered the same 
to be printed with the minutes. 

The Moderator then announced the Association as being duly formed; 
when, on motion of Bro. E. Turner, the body proceeded to ballot for 
officers, which resulted in the choice of Elder Thomas Dickson, Mode- 
rator, and Bro. J. R. Logan, Clerk. 

1. On motion, ministering'brethren not delegates to this body, were 
then invited to seats; and received as such Elder L. McCurry. 

2. The Moderator then announced the following committees, viz* 
On Finance, R. T. Hord, J. Bailey, W. H. Green. 

On Union Meetings, J. Suttle, E. Turner, E. Jones, W. Covington, 
D. Hamrick. 

On Correspondence with Sister Associations, D. Pannell, B. Putman, 
M. Gold, T. Dickson, J. R. Logan. 

3. On motion, a general committee, consisting of D. P. Gold. T. 
Dickson, J. R. Logan, were appointed to arrange the unfinished busi- 
aess of the Session and report the same for transaction to-morrow. 

Prayer by Elder J. Suttle, and the Association adjourned until 10 
o'clock to-morrow, A. M. " • 

Saturday, 10 o'clock, A. M. 
The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Mod- 

4. Called the roll of delegates and marked absentees. 

5. On motion, the general commitlee of arrangement reported, and 
were discharged. 

6. On motion, the committee on Union meetings submitted the fol- 
lowing Report, which was adopted : 

The committee on Union Meetings having had the subject under con- 
sideration, beg leave to report : That owing to the situation or locality 
of the several Churches inUnion, they suggest the propriety of adopt- 
ing First Broad River as a dividing line, forming two Associalional sec- 


tions, for the present year, and recomnnend that Union Meetings be ap- 
pointed to be held, First, with the church at Boiling- Spring, coramen- 
cing on Friday previous to the 1st Lord's day in ^Iay next. Second, 
with the church at Zoar, commencing on Friday previous to the 2nd 
Lord's day in July next. 

Respectfully submitted, J. SUTTLE, Ch'm'n. 

7. Appointed Elders J. Suttle, D. Pannell, Geo. Rollins, T.Dick- 
son, L. McSwain, and brothers Wm. McSwain, J. J. Jones, Robt. Pos- 
ton, to attend ihe-union meeting at Boiling Spring ; and Elders J . Sut- 
tle, D Pannell, Geo. Rollins, T. Dickson, L. McSwain, and brothers 
B. E. Rollins, Wm. McSwain, to attend the union meeting at Zoar. 

8. Elected Elder J. Suttle to preach the sermon introductory to the 
next session of the Association, and Elder T. Dickson alternate. 

9. Elected Brother J. R. Logan to write a Circular Address to the 
churches in union, to be read before the next session of the Associa- 
tion : subject — The duty of church members totoards each other. 

10. Elected Elders T. Dickson, J. Suttle and Geo, Rollins to occupy 
the Sacred Stand on the Sabbath, in the order of their names. 

11. On motion the Committee on Correspondence reported as fol- 
lows, which was adopted : 

The Committee on Correspondence beg leave to report: That they 
have had the subject under consideration, and being iully aware of the 
benefits arising from a friendly correspondence with sister Associations 
do therefore recommend that a correspondence be solicited with the 
several Associations following, to wit : The Broad River, The Green 
Rive?', The Bethel, and The Catawba River ; and that messengers be 
appointed by this body to attend each of the foregoing Associations, 
with requests that they open a correspondence with us at our next 

Your committee also suggest that the accompanying Corresponding- 
Letter be signed by the Moderator and Clerk, and be printed with the 
minutes of this bod 7. 

Respectfully submitted, D. PANNELL, Ch'm'n. 


The King's Mountain Baptist Association, To her Sisters, The Broad 
.River, The Green River, the Bethel, The Catawba River Associa- 
tions, Greeting : 

Deaely Beloved Brethren : — 

Through a kind turn of the provi- 
dence of God our Heavenly Father, we have been permitied to meet 
together in an Associate capacity, and have enjoyed a pleasant interview. 

This being the firsfsession of our body since its organization, it will 
therefore be proper to inform those with whom we solicit a correspond- 
ence, that we have been detached from the Broad River Association, 
and erected into a new and distinct body, various reasons impelling us 
thereto, a few of which it may not be considered amiss to communicate 
in this Letter: — The Broad River Association, previous to its division, 
was a large body, extending over a considerable area df territory, in- 
terspersed v/ith several large streams that not un frequently, in time of 
high waters, intercepted the delegates from Churches in their attempts 
at goin^ to and from the annual Sessions. Moreover, the churches 
numbering upwards of 40, rendered the business of the Sessions labo- 
rious and often complicated, while the delegations being consequently 
numerous, were therefore more burthensome to the citizens and breth- 
ren that usually support such bodies. 

The foregoing reasons, coupled with a deiPfre to be more conveniently 
situated, and with a belief that greater zeal and energv, with a corres- 



ponding religious eflbrt, will accompany the separation, have induced 
us to make the experiment; and we are not without hope that all the 
advantages and desirable results so fondly anticipated, will be more 
than realized ; that our churches will feel greater responsibility and 
do more to spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; that his disci- 
ples may be greatly increased; that the churches may be filled vi^'ith 
devoted converts; that the kidgdom of our Lord may come with great 
power and glory, until all kindred and people shall become the willing 
servants of our Lord. 

The information communicated in the letters from our churches in 
union, go to show that several of them, during a short space of time 
back, have enjoyed gracious revivals of Religion, and are made to ex- 
claim, "The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad." 
During the present Session our business has been transacted in har- 
mony and brotherly love. 

Our next Association will convene with the Neio Bethel Churchy 
on Friday before the 4th Lord's day in October next, (1852,) 10 miles 
North from the town of Shelby, and 3 miles from Falls' Factory on 1st 
Broad River, at which time and place we shall hope to receive your 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 


J. R. Logan, Cl'k. 

12. The following Brethren were appointed Messengers to sister As- 
sociations, to wit : 

To The Broad River — Elders, Thos. Dickson, J. Suttle, and brothers 
J. R. Logan, J. Turner. To The Green Rioer — Elders, D. Pannell, 
George Rollins, Joseph Suttle, Thos. Dickson, and brothers W H. 
Green, J. R. Logan, B. E. Rollins. To The Bethel— FAders, L. Mc 
Swain, J. Suttle, and brothers B. E. Rollins, S. McBrayor. To The 
Catawba River — Elders, Thos. Dickson, Geo. Rollins, and brothers 
Robert Poston, J. J. Jorles, Wm. McSwain. 

13. On motion. The Committee on Finance ma<le the following Re- 
port, which was adopted : 

Amount of Contributions from Churches - - ^20,21|: , 
" Rec'd, from Broad River Association l,68f 

Aggregate amount - - - ff 21,96 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. T. HORD, Ch'm'n. 

On motion of Elder J. Suttle, 

Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution of 
the Minutes among the Churches, that he have 1000 copies printed, 
and accept of $5 for services. Motion sustained and Resolution 

On motion of J. R. Logan, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Body are due, and are hereby ten- 
dered to the Brethren and friends in the vicinity of Double Spring 
Church, for the kindness they have manifested in the accommodation 
of this Association. 

Adopted, nem. con. 

On motion of Elder D. Pannel, the Minutes of the Session were 
read and signed by the Officers of the House, — and the Association ad- 
journed to meet again at New Bethel Church, on Friday before the 4th 
Sunday in October, 1852. Prayer by Elder I). Pannell. 


J. R. LofJAN, Clerk, 


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WE the united Baptist Churches of Jesus Christ, located iu North 
and South Carolina, having obtained letters of dismission from the 
Broad River Baptist iNssociation, and having- all been baptized upon a 
profession of faith in Christ, are desirous of reciprocal union : Wo, 
therefore, propose to maintain the Order and Rules of an Association, 
accordiiiof to the following system : 

1. The Association shall be formed of members elected by the dif- 
ferent Churches in our union ; u'ho, on producing certificates from their 
respective Churches, in support of their election, shall be entitled to a 

2. The members thus chosen and convened, shall be known by 
the name of the King's Mountain Association. 

3. The Association thus organized, shall elect by ballot, a Moder- 
ator and Clerk, both of whom shall be representatives of some one of 
the Churches in union, and when so elected, shall hold their ofKces for 
one year. 

4. This body shall have no coercive power to "lord it over God's 
heritage," or to infringe on any of the internal rights of the Churches 
in union, (while they remain orderly) but shall only act as an advisary 
Council, in all matters respecting their internal concerns : Neverthe- 
less, it becomes necessary to establish some uniform rules of proceed- 
ing, in order to foster and maintain union and christian fellowship. 

5. When offences committed by one Church against another may 
occur, it shall be the duty of the offended Church to labor with the of- 
fender for satisfaction, and in case of failure to obtain redress, then call 
in the aid of one or two other Churches in union to assist in the labor 
of reconciliation, and if satisfaction (in the opinion of the helps thus 
called in) cannot be obtained, then the aggrieved Church may bring the 
case before the Association, who are bound to act on it. 

6. Also, when a serious difference may arise in an individual 
Church, which the members thereof cannot reconcile, they shall call in 
the assistance of one or two more Clmrches in the union to assist in 
the work : and if satisfaction (in the opinion of the helps) is not ob- 
tained, the case may be brought before the Association, who shall take 
it up and act upon it, 

7. And should an individual member or members be excluded from 
any Church in our union, if he, she or they, after maturely consider- 
ing their own conduct, and the act of the Church, shall feel themselves 
aggrieved, they may appeal to tiie Church for a new hearing, and if 
there cannot be a reconciliation obtained, the Church may call in the 
aidof one or two sister Churches ; and, if in tiie opinion of the helps 
thus called in, the member or members have been unjustly excluded, 
the. case may come before the Association to be acted on : Provided al- 
ways, in all cases of grievances, reference has been had to the 18th 
Chap, of the Gospel by St. Matthew, and other Scriptures which res- 
pects discipline, for the bringing to trial and determining on all cases of 
irrievances ; and the Association will not take up any case of the above 
kind, unless the above proceedings have been previously had thereon. 

8. Every Church in the union having a membership not exceeding 
50 in number, shall be entitled to a representation of two Delegates in 
the Association, and when tiieir number exceeds 100 members, and 
does not exceed 150, they shall be entitled to three delegates, when 

^ver 150 and not exceeding 200, four delegates. 


9. Tlie dejdgales llius chosen and sent, are to be recommended to 
the Associaion by letter from the Churches by whom they are sent, 
which shal] bo expressive of their fellowship, also ttie number of those 
baptized, received by letter, dismissed, excommunicated, and the num- 
ber deceased since the last Association and the total number in fel- 

10. Churclies producing letters of dismission from other Associations, 
and by petitioning-, and also newly constituted Churches, who shall 
upon examination be found orthodox and orderly, by petitioning by let- 
ter and delegation, may be received into this union, and the same shall 
be manifested by the Moderator, giving them the right hand in token of 

11. The Association shall have power to exclude any Church from 
this Union, who shall depart from the orthodox principles of the Gospel. 

12. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the Churches with 
the Minutes of their proceedings, and to enable it to do so, each Church 
shall be required to contribute such sums as may be proper and neces- 

13. Every Query sent by a Church, who has labored on it and fails 
within herself in getting a satisfactory decision on it, shall be taken 
up by the Association, and not otherwise. 

14. Any Church in our union having a member possessed with 
preaching talents, who is a candidate for the Ministry may invite 
brethren from one, two, or more sister Churches, the aid of their Min- 
ister and other members, who in conjunction with the Church shall 
examine the candidate; and if deemed qualified, may license him to 
preach the Gospel among the Churches at discretion, which shall be 
reported to the Association and entered on the Minutes. 

15. Any Church having a licensed preacher who they deem worthy 
of credentials, shall call a presbytery of Ministers of our union to offi- 
ciate ; and a presbytery thus called in, shall in all cases of ordinations, 
both of MiPiisters and Deacons and the Constitution of Churches, be 
regulated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

16. The Association shall not adjourn until they have gone through 
the business regularly brought before them, except in extraordinary 
cases : but no act of the body shall go into operation until the close of 
the session. 

17. The Minutes of the Association shall be read and corrected (if 
need be) and signed by the Moderator, and attested, by the Clerk be- 
fore the As?ociation rises. 

18. I'he Association shall, in all cases, be governed by a majority 
of the men'bers present, 

19. Voting shall be confined exclusively to the body, in all acts 
respecting their internal concerns ; but the Association may admit any 
of the distant brethren in the ministry as assistants who may be pre- 
sent at -the time of their sitting. 

20. The Association when convened, shall be governed by a regu- 
lar and proper decerum, which they are authorized to form for them- 

21. No alteration or amendment shall be made to the Constitution 
unless the same be concurred in by a majority of the members present, 
in tu'o successive Associations. 



1. - Tlie Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. The Moderator shall be deemed a judge of order, and shall have 
a right to call to order at any time : also it shall be his duty to see 
that the Rules of Decorum are attended to ; to take the opinion of the 
Association on all questions properly brought before the body. 

3. Any member not satisfied with his decision on any point of order, 
may appeal to the Association on the same day the decision is made, 
but at no other time. 

4. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a regular record of the 
transactions of the Association. 

5. But one person shall speak at a time ; and he shall rise to his 
feet and obtain leave of the Moderator, and when he has done spealiiniif 
he shall sit down, and shall not speak more than twice on the same 
question, nor more than twenty minutes at one time, unless he obtain 
permission of the Association. 

6. The Moderator, when addressed for leave of speech, shall signi- 
fy the same by naming of them or otherwise. 

7. No member shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he de- 
part from the subject on hand, or use words of personal reflection; or 
with a view of calling to order for some particular purpose. Any mo- 
tion made and seconded, shall come under the consideration of the 
Association, except withdrawn by him who made it. 

8. Every case taken up by the Association, shall be first decided 
upon, before another is offered. 

9. When any thing is taken up by the Association, after rllovving 
lime for the debate, the Moderator shall put the question ; and those 
in favor of the thing proposed shall rise to their feet, and those opposed 
to it keep their seals ; the Moderator shall procure the decision before 
ihe slanders take their seats. 

10. No person shall depart the service of tlie Association without 

11. The appellation of brothers shall be used in our address to each 

12. The names of the members shall be called as often as necessary, 

13. No member shall be indulged in any practice that has a tenden- 
cy to interrupt in the time of a public Speech, or any otiier practice that 
would dishonor the x'\ssociation. 

14. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege of speech 
as any other member, provided he appoints some other member to his 
seat while he is speaking, but shall not vote unless the Association 
be equally divided : then he shall give the casting vote. 

15. Any person breaking these rules of Decorum, shall bo reproved 
at the discretion of the Association, but only on the day breacli is 
made. . ' 


1. We believe in one only tl-ue and Jiving God, the Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost, tiiree in one. 

2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the word of God, and the only true rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in by nature, by his own free will and holiness. 

5. We believe in the doctrine of JSZec^ion, through sanctificalion 
of the Spirit, and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God, only 
by the merits of Jesus Christ. 

7. We believe the Saints shall persevere in grace, and not finally 
fall away. 

8. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects ; and conscientiously do believe the true mode is immersion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of Ihc dead, and general judg- 

10. We believe that the joys of the righteous, and the punishment 
of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has a right to the administration 
of the ordinances, only such as has been called of God as was Aaron, 
and regularly baptized and approved of by the Church, and come under 
the imposition of jiands by the Presbytery. 

12. We believe that none but believers have a right to the ordin- 
ances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. 

irj" Cost of Pkintincj and Folding 1000 Copies, ^20. 




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Friday, Octofeer 24Lth, 1§52, aai<l days followiiis^. 


The Introductory Sermon was delivered agreeably to appointment by 
^Elder Joseph Suttle, from Mark, 7th Chapter, 7th Verse. 

^^ Hoiobeii-, in vain do ihey worship me, ieuching for docirinesihecom- 
mandmenis of men.'' 

After a short intermission, the Delegates convened in the Meeting 
House, and prayer was offered up by Elder Thomas Dickson. 

The churches v^ere then severally called, their letters received and 
read, and the names of their Delegates enrolled, and the State of the 
Churches minuted. 

1. Elected Elder T. Dickson, moderator, and Bro. J.^R. Logan, Clerk. 

2. Opened the door for the reception of churches into our Union, 
when the church at High Shoal, recently dismissed from the Green 
Kiver Association, and the Mount ^'"'"ernon church, dismissed from the 
Catawba River Association, made application and were admitted as 
members of this body. 

3. Appointed R. T. Hord^ F. Lattimore, A. S. Elam, W. Covington 
and W, H. Green-, a committee on preaching during the Session. 

4. Appointed Elder J. Suttle, E. Jones, F. S. Ramsour, T. Dickson 
and J. R. Logan, a committee of arrangement, to whom all the papers 
and other documents concerning the Association were referred. 

5. Called for, and received, corresponding Messengers from Sister 
Associations, as follows, viz: 

From the Broad River, Elder W. Hill, From the Green River, El- 
ders, L. McCurry, Wm. Harrill and Bro. J. C. Lattimore. From the 
Catawba River, Elder Thomas Carletom From the Bethel, no messen- 
ger or letter. 

6. Invited ministering brethren, not delegated, to seats in Council, 
and received Elder R. P. Logan, and Bro. J. Harrill. 

On motion, the Association adjourned until Saturday morning 10 o'- 
clock. Prayer by Elder D. Pannell. 

Satif'day, — T^.e Association according to adjournment, prayer by 
the Moderator. 

7. On motion, thecommittee of arrangement reported, and were dis- 

8. Called the roll of delegates and marked absentees. 

9. Read the Constitution and Rules of decorum. 

10. Appointed W. H. Hardin, Wm. Moore Sn, and W. H. Green.. ^ 
jcomm-ittee on union meetings. 


11. Appointed L. McSwain, A. S. E!am and J. Turner, a committee 
on finance. 

12. Appointed F. S. Ramsour, Major Hull, R. T. Hord and J. Suttle, 
a committee on Correspondence witli Sister Associations. 

||(tl3. Read and adopted the Circular Letter, and ordered that it be 
printed as usual with the Minutes of the session. 

14. Elected T. Carleto*, L. McCurry and T. Dickson, to preach on 
the Sabbath. 

15. Elected Elder G. VV. Rollins, to preach the Sermon introduc- 
tory to the next annual meeting of the Association, and Elder T. Dick- 
son, allernale, 

16. Elected Elder D. Pannel, to write a circular Letter for next 
year, on the subject of " election.''^ 

17. The committee on Union meetings, submitted the following Re- 
port, to wit : 

First Union meeting to be held with the church at Bethel, commen- 
cing on Friday previous to the 1st Lords day in May next. (1853) The 
isecond Union meeting to be held with the church at BufFaio, commen- 
cing on Friday before the 4th Lords day in June next. 

W. H. GREEN, Climn. 

Whereupon the Association appointed Elders, J. Suttle, B. E. Rol- 
jins, T. Dickson, G. W. Rollms, L, McSwain, R. P. Logan and Brother 
Rubt. Poston, to aitend the 1st Union meeting at Bethel. And Elders, 
I). Pannel, B. E. Ro!):ns, L. McSwain, T. Dickson, J. Suttle, G. W. 
Rollins and Bro. Robt. Poston, to attend the Union meeting at Buffalo. 

18. The committee on Finance made the subjoined Report, which 
was adopted, viz : 

Your committee submit the following as the amount of contributions 
from tlie Several Churches for publishing the minutes of the Session 
to wit : 

Buffalo, 83,20 Sandy Run, $2,00 

Zoar, 3,00 Zion, 1,50 

■ Double Spring, 1,81 Bethel 50 

Eoillng Spring, 1,75 Mount Sinai. 1,00 

New i3ethel, 2,50 Mouut Pleasant, 1,00 

Broad River, 52^ Beaver Dam 1,00 

Pleasant Hill, 1,50 High Shoal, 50 

Mount Vernon, 60 

Aggregate, $22,38i 

ResDGctfully submitted, 

A. S. ELAM, CJimn. 
The Association then ordered that the Clerk superintend the publi- 
cation, and distribution of 1000 copies among the churches, and accept 
of Ten dollars for serving. 

19. The Committee on Correspondence, submitted the following 
Letter, which was signed by the. Moderator and Clerk, and ordered to 
be printed, viz: 


The King's Mountain Baptist Association, To her Sisters, the Broad 
River Association, The Green River Association, The Catawba Riv- 
er, and Bethel Associations, Greeting: 

Dearly Beloved Brethren : 

We have been graciously permitted to hold 
our second annual meeting, which has been characterized by harmony 
and brotherly love. The business devolving on the body, has been 
transacted in a quiet and peaceable manner, and we trust with an eye 
single to the glory of God, and the advancement of the Eedeemer'g 

Kiagdom on earth. During the present session, we have received two 
churches into our Union, and we trust, ere long, to have the consola- 
tion of announcing other accessions to our number. Some of our 
churches appear to have been blessed with revivals during the past 
Associational year, and have received Several new members ; amount- 
ing, in the aggregate, to 128 by baptism, whilst others are in a cold and 
languid state. 

With' unfeigned joy and gladness, wo received as corresponding Ivies- 
sengers,- Elders, T. Carleton, L, McCurry, W. Harrill, and Wade tlill, 
by whom we were greatly refreshed and encouraged, and whose liibors 
we trust will prove a blessing to many in days to come. 

Our next Association will be held with the church at Boiling Sp-ing, 
about eight miles S. W. of Shelby, Cleveland county, N. C. ; coniiiie!i- 
eing on Friday before the 4th Sunday in October next, (18-53.) And hs 
we still desire to keep up a friendly correspondence, we therefore in- 
vite, and solicit your punctual attendance with us at our next annual 

In ihe meantime, we crave an interest in your prayers, at the throne? 
of God's grace. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be vvilh 
you all. Amen. 

T. DICKSON, Moderator, 

J. R. LOGAN, Clerk. 

20. The Association appointed Elders, T. Dickson, J. Suttle, G. W. 
Rollins, and Bro. Robt. Poston, Messengers to the Broad River Associ- 
ation. To the Green River, Elders, T. Dickson, D. Pannell, G. W. 
Rollins, and B. E. Rollins, Messengers. To the Catawba River, Ei ders, 
T.Dickson, J, Suttle, L. McSwain, and brothers, J. J, Jones, and Major 
Hull, Messengers. To the Bethel Association, Elders, D. Pannell, G. 
W. Rollins, L. McSwain, and Bro. Robt, Poston, Messengers. 

Prayer by Elder L. McSwain, and the Association adjourned to mcot 
again on Monday 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Sunday. — The Stand was occupied by those appointed, and the word 
of life was faithfully exhibited to a large and attentive conoTegation, by 
Elders, T. Dickson, Thos. Carleton, L. McCurry,. and L. McSwain, in 
the order of their names, and we are not without hope, that mucli good 
may result from the exercises of this day. 

Monday, 9 o'clock, A. M. 

The Association met according to adjourrniient, prayer by Brother 

Took np the unfinished business of the Association. 

On motion the following Resolution was unanimously adopted, viz : 

21. Resoked, That the several Churches composing this Associa- 
tion be requested to observe, and set apart the Ist day of January next, 
as a day of Thanksgiving, fasting and prayer, for the spread of th.s gos- 
pel, — the blessings of peace, and unrivalled piety ; and that the several 
churches in our Union be requested to meet at their respective Meet- 
ing Houses, and engage in Divine Service on that day. 

22. Voted a Resolution of thanks to the citizens and brethren i;i the 
vicinity of New Bethel church, for their kindness and urbanity mani- 
fested in the accommodation of the delegates composing this Associ- 

The Association then adjourned to meet at Boiling Spring church on 
Friday before the 4th Lord's day in October next, (18.53.) Prayer by 
Elder G.W, Rollins. 

T. DICKSON, Moderalo9\ 

J. R. LOGAN, Clerk. 

1 Buffalo 

3 Sandy Ri 
S Zion, 

4 Zoar, 

5 Double S 

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Deaely Beloved Brethren : 

In pursuance of a resolution adopte;! 
last year by the Association, "T/ie cluLy of Church Members towards each 
other,'^ is made the subject of the present Circular Address. 

In the elucidation or discussion of this important subject we shall 
be compelled to use brevity, as the short limits of a Circular Letter 
will not admit of that amplification or difTasion that the copiousness of 
the subject will justly afford. 

In „ treating the subject intelligibly, we shall in a brief manner at-, 
tempt to point out the origin and nature of Church membership, before 
proceeding to take up the main branch of our subject. 

Agreeably to approved Lexicographers, the English word Church,. 
is derived from the Greek word, Ekkhsia, which being translated means 
an Assembly of men, called out from among other men. But in the 
more common acceptation of the term, when used by the sacred wri- 
ters, it means a company of saints, a religious society or congregation of 
holy men and women. The christian church in its embodiment as a 
divine institution can boast of an inspired history of its organization and 
development, which is amply and fully exhibited in the P-^ew Testa- 
ment. Its origin was in the city of Jerusalem. In that city was col- 
lected and located the first assembly or congregation of christians, — ■ 
The Church, Acts ii, 47, which we may with propriety style the model 
or mother church. And although we are informed of additions or acces- 
sions bein£- made to the church as thus organized; yet the materials 
will be found on examination, to be those that "gladly received his word 
and wej-e baptized." "And believers were the more added to the Lord^ 
multitudes of both men and women." And in no instance do we find 
any record of unbelievers being introduced to membership, nor have we 
any rational ground, for the inference that among the one hundred and 
twenty names mentioned Acts i, 15, or of those that "gladly received 
his word," &c., and were subsequently added to them, were any other 
than true believers ; they were doubtless "children of God chosen to 
salvation througii sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth ; 
hence, we feel bound to conclude that those, and those only^ who have 
experienced a renovating change of heart, and have been enabled by di- 
vine grace to act true and evangelical faith in the Saviour of the worlds 
have a genuine right to membership in the visible church of Jesus Christ. 
"As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine, no 
more can ye except ye abide in me," John xv, 4, and again, "Be >e not 
unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowsliip hath 
righteousness with unrighteousness ] and what communion hath light 
W'ith darkness 1 and what concord hath Christ with Beliall or what 
part hati) he that believeth with an infideU" &c., 2 Cor. vi, 14. Now 
it is obvious, as the foregoing quotations abundantly prove, that to be a 
member of Christ's visible church on earth, we should ^first be made 
partakers of his divine nature by an'spplication of his atonement through 
faith; until this blessing is obtained, we have no right, strictly speak- 
ing, to claim the privilege of membership in his church, nor can we ex- 
pect to enjoy that reciprocal fellowship or communion that exists be- 
tween Christ and his true followers. In short, without this, ^vve have 
no right to expect to receive the spirit of adoption, whereby we can with 
confidence cry, "Abba Father." But when this blessing is obtained 
the Spirit then bears witness with our spirits that we are the children 
of God^ and if children then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint heirs with 

ijhrlst. Such is the nature of church membership, or in other worJs, of 
being united to Christ through the faith of the gospel. And here we 
might enlarge, and attempt to point out some of the inestimable benefits 
and blessings resulting from, and connected with, the nature of our un- 
nion or membership with Christ, but our space admonishes us to pur-- 
sue the more prominent part of our subject, to-wit : "The Duties incum- 
bent on Church Members towards each other." 

Among the higher class of christian duties none is more transcend-- 
antly prominent than Christian love ; and indeed almost every other 
lesser duty is summarily comprehended and included in this. By this, 
the subjects of Christ are distinguished, and made known to the world 
of mankind, by their mutual and cordial affection towards each other. — 
Lme, is putforth by the Saviour of the world as the identifying law of 
hisgovernment. "This is my commandment, that ye love one another 
as I have loved you." John xv, 12. This duty should bo the cardinal 
virtue and distinguishing characteristic of all those that profess to be 
his followers ; and it may with propriety be remarked that His love has 
not only been made the chief inducement, but the pattern of our love lo 
each other. Let us for a moment consider the character and properties 
of his love to us, that we may the better be enabled to receive instruc- 
tions as to what should be the distinguishing features and characteris- 
tics of our own. The love of Christ was free and disinterested, exer- 
cised voluntarily, without any regard to our deserts. In like manner,- 
therefore, should ours be conferred on one another, voluntarily and in- 
dependent of any reg.ard to our own interests or advantage; without 
even the hope or semblance of the fee of reward. "For if ye love them 
which love you, what reward have ye 1 do not even the publicans the 
same 1" Mat. v, 46. The love of the Saviour was characterized by 
tears, agonizing groans, and bloody sweat ; so should ours be in every 
good work of kindness, sympathy and brotherly charity, that may in the 
least degree tend to the promotion of peace and the welfare of each oth- 
er. The love of Christ was characterized by forbearance, clemency, 
tenderness and forgiveness. So ours should reflect the same congenial 
traits of character. His was nothing but a spiritual flame issuing from 
the very fountain head of eternal love itself, loving us not as rational 
creatures merely but as objects of divine affection, and subjects of divine 
likeness. His was unchangeable, notwithstanding our weakness and un- 
kindnesses. In like manner it is the duty of church members to iove one 
another with an unalterable affection ; maugre all little foibles and in- 
firmities of temper and conduct, which we so frequently have to encoun- 
ter with in our daily intercourse vi'ith our fellow christians. 

The apostles of Christ strictly enjoined the churches which they 
planted to a due observance of this important duty, "to love one another 
and to lot brotherly love abound and increase." So important is this 
grace in the christian economy, that, like holiness, no measure of it is 
sufficient to meet the requirements of the word of God. The church, 
where it is lacking, whatever may be the number, or intellectual gifts 
of its members, to use tlie language of an eloquent writer, "is nothing 
better than a heap of stones, U'hich, however polished, want the cohe- 
rence and similitude of a palace.'' 

In the early and purer ages of the church, we are historically in- 
formed that this important virtue of brotherly love, or christian charity, . 
displayed a light of such brilliancy in the character and general conduct 
of its members, whicli was reflected in actions so replete with noble, dis. 
interested and heroic affection, as to call forth from surrounding Pagans 
and infidels, the well known proverb, "See how these christians love 
one another," A eulogium every way worthy of conduct so appropriat.' 

•arid a more valuable tribute was never deposited on the altar of Christian- 
ity, Alas 1 that the church should so soon degenerate, and as it g-revv 
older become lukewarm, and even corrupt, by which its original or 
primeval loveliness has not only been tarnished, but in many instances 
well nigli obliterated. 

tin the next place it will be proper to designate the manner in 
which brotherly love wherever it exists, will operate. 

First. The love of chrstians is of a nature sacred, and quite peculiar. 
It is npt the love of consanguinity or affinity, nor yet of friendsliip or 
general esteem induced by a consideration of acts of kindness ani be- 
nevolence towards us.; but it is purely an affection gratuitously bestow- 
ed, and cherished for Christ's sake. We may discover many things in 
each other that will unavoidably meet the approbation of our judgenienf, 
such as an amiable and kind disposition; and we are prone to admire 
public spirit in matters of religion, and a tender sympathy for the woes 
and misfortunes of others ; yet christian love is not based on considera- 
tions or qualities of this sort ; they may tend to increase our attachment 
to those having the possession of qualities of heart so amiable and desi- 
rable to alLchristians, but christian love rests simply and purely on the 
ground of a common relationship to Christ. On this account, church 
members are to take pure delight in each other, as being one in Christ. 
Believers in Christ should ever regard the church, as the object of the 
Redeemer's living and dying love ; upon it he looks with an eye of 
complacency and delight, and out of affection to him church members 
should ever cultivate a tender feeling tor, and an inexpressible delight 
in, the society of each other ; we should cultivate greater familiarity 
and more frequently converse and privately commune with each other, 
m reference to the great matter of salvation. 

2d. Love to our brethren will influence church members to bear 
one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Gal. vi, 2. When 
we see our brethren oppressed and downcast, overwhelmned with an 
unwieldy load jf anxious care and solicitude, instead of manifesting a 
cold indifference and distant shyness towards them, we should approach 
them with kindness, evincing a tender solicitude to know the cause of 
their dejection and be at all times ready to apply, if possible and within 
our reach, the necessary balm of relief. If christians would cultivate 
more the principle of kindnsss, and watch over one another in such ca- 
ses, and render the assistance that each might, and should do, in miti- 
gating and relieving the cares and anxieties of the oppressed; how 
much more smooth and agreeable Vv'ould be made the christian's path 1 
Tiie indifference of some christians to the burthens of their brethren is 
lamentable, indeed ; their conduct towards them betrays an uttter care- 
lessness and supineness as to their afflicted condition ; they would see 
them crushed to the very earth with cares and sorrows, and never make 
one kind effort to extricate them from the dust. of humiliation and sor- 
row. Lorn requires that every church member should take a deep and 
abiding interest in each other's welfare; and hence it is the duty of all, 
to cultivate more familiarity and condescension towards aach other. It 
is not only the duty of christians patiently to listen to the tale of dis- 
tress which may be rehearsed by an afflicted brother, and mingle our 
tears and sorrows with his, but love, the great promoting cause of all 
good acts, will prompt us to tender to him our best counsels, and sug- 
gest to him the consolations of the gospel. In a word, we should con- 
vince him of our sympathies by unmistakable acts of tenderness mani- 
fested in his case by which he may plainly perceive that not ooly has 
£)ur ear, but our beart been reached \n his behalf. 


od. Love requires the professors of the christian religion to visit 
Ihe sick and the afflicted. "I vi^as sick and ye visited me, I was in pris- 
on and ye came unto me, — forasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these 
my brethren ye did it unto me." Tlie foregoino' quotation is the lan^ 
guage of Christ instructing his followers in reference to the duty in- 
cumbent upon all church members to visit one another in their afflic- 
tions. In looking abroad in the christian world, we regret to say, we 
find but few duties more neglected than this; it seems a moral apathy 
or indisposition has seized professing christians, and to a shameful ex- 
tent prevented tiieir observance of this duty. How often are the sick 
and the afflicted suffered to occupy their beds of languishing and death, 
for weeks and even months without receiving a single friendly visit 
from many of tlie professed followers of Christ whose situation and cir- 
cumstances, aside from other important considerations, rendered the 
observance of this duty inexxusable ; while such delinquent christians, 
at the same time are enjoying the blessings of good health, and pursu- 
ing, to advantage, the daily avocations of life, amassing to themselves 
a redundancy of the perishable things of the world ? How many church 
members do we'discover within our limited observation who scarcely 
ever pay a single visit to the bedside of a sick brother! Alas ! this \m- 
portant duty is too much, yea, shamefully neglected, by too many who 
profess the christian name. How can such rationally expect to hear 
the Sa.vlouY s^y,^' I was sick and ye visited meV^ The adoption of a 
course of conduct more in accordance with the christian cliaractcr in 
reference to visiting the sick and afflicted is urged upon the considera- 
tion of every church member within the bounds of the Association and 
the attention of christians generally. 

4th. Prayer, connected with the reading of God's word, is another 
important duty incumbent on church members. "Pray one for another," 
James, v, 16. "Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have 
eternal life," &c. It is not only our duty to pray for, but with one an- 
other, and that without ceasing, not only privately, but socially and pub- 
licly. Nor is the duty of readmg the sacred scriptures to one another 
and of explaining and enforcing the important truths contained therein, 
on all suitable occasions less incumbent on christians generally. These 
duties, we fear, are too much neglected among all of our churches, and 
it is therefore urged that a greater zeal be awakened, and that a deeper 
interest be manifested upon this important subject throughout the Asso- 
ciation, and among christians generally. 

5th. Fo?'iearance, is a great christian virtue, and a very essential 
duty of cliurch members. "Forbearing one with another in love," Eph. 
IV, 2. The christian church is composed of a membership embracing 
every variety of temper and gradation of intellect; consequently, much 
forbearance is necessary to harmonize the conflicting views and pas- 
sions incident to a society so diversified, and maintain unimpaired, "the 
unity of the Spirit, in the bonds of peace." The strong must bear with 
the infirmities of the weak. Christians of large acquirements in knowl- 
edge, siiould not treat with contempt and contumely, the more humble 
and sometimes feeble conceptions of the weak. The virtue of christian 
love and a proper respect for the christian cause, will influence such to 
correct, with mildness and meekness, the errors that proceed from the 
ignorant. Again, there are persons who no doubt are genuine and de- 
voted christians, whose manners oppear abtrusive, not to say disgusting ; 
some may be inclined to talk too free, or too much ; while others appear 
disposed to find fault with almost everything that may be introduced. 
Without forbearance, circumstances like these may tend greatly to pre- 
vent that communion and fellowship so essentially necesoary to the 

■tpTeservation of peace and harmony in the church. In all such cases it 
becomes church members to exercise that charity "which covereth all 

6tii. Church members, actuated by christian love, should watch 
over one anotherr Churches are organized and brought into fellovv'ship 
for the express ourpose of watching over one another in love ; in no in- 
stance can cfiris'tians be justifiable in adopting the language of Cain, 
(who had just murdered his brother) and ask, "am I my brotlier's keep- 
er?" Love requires church members to watcii over each other with 
vigilance and care, and from time to time, seriously admonish and re- 
prove one another, with meekness, as circumstances may require. Is a 
brother, through the infiuence of evil examples and severe ten:iptatioi'). 
about to be led astray from tlie path of duty to a participation in some 
of the fashionable vices and frivolties of the times'? Then cliristian 
love requires your interposition to prevent his ruin. Hov7 can we love 
a brother and at the same time see him pursuing a course that must in- 
evitably injure him v^^ithout entreating him to desist! "Brethren, if any 
man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one 
to the spirit of meekness." Gal. vi, 1. The duty of watching over, and 
reproving one another is too much neglected by church members. This 
is no doubt the result of a craven fear of offending our brethren ; but if 
rightly considered, by keeping silence under such cii>|;umstancfcs, we, 
to a certain extent, connive at their misdeeds, and at-fe so far parta- 
kers with them in their evil deeds. What shame, anguish and disgrace 
would tlie ofTender himself been spared, and what dishonor and scandal 
would have been averted from the church by this one act of faithful 
love. Is a brother tempted to approach the room of civil mirih^ the ga- 
ming table, or the retail shop J then let your savory influence be inter- 
rposed to prevent his disgrace and ruin ; for we are not to suffer our 
brethren to transgress either in word or deed if we can pievent it : nor 
are we to suffer duty to be omitted by a brother without a faithful ad- 
monition. Church members have no right to the secret things of each 
other, nor should they be busy bodies in other men's matters for that is 
prohibited by God- 1 Thes. in, 2. I Pet. iv, 15. Neither have they 
any right to assume a dictatorial authority over one another, and act 
the part of tyrannical inquisitors.; for such a course is extremely offen- 
sive and not to be tolerated. Our duty however to "exhort one another 
daily lest any be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin," remains 
imperative upon each and every christian. * 

Let us then beware of that spirit which is too prevalent in all our 
•churches and which influences too many christians to act as if their fel- 
low members were no more to them than the stranger at the ends of the 
earth. The admonition "to warn the unruly," 1 Thes.^v, 14, v/as in- 
tended as well for private christians as those acting as ministers or 

The duty of warning and reproving m.ay be considered difficult and 
self denying, (as it really is) and is often very unpleasant, but that will 
not justify church members in neglecting it. Christian love will enable 
and prompt us to its performance; and moreover, we dare not shrink 
from the performance of a duty, the neglect of v/hich violates a sacred 
injunction of the Saviour. 

Church members should always strive to cultivate peace and har- 
mony one with another. "Be of one mind, live in peace," 2 Cor. iii, 11. 
"Keep the unity of the Spirit in tlie bond of peace," Rom. iv, 9. Peace 
is very truly said to be "the good man's end," and no society can long 
-exist without it. We might here, if our space admitted, expiate on the 
^reat importance and value of peace to the church collectively, but deem 


il unnecessary, as its importance will appear obvious to the most super- 
ficial observers. It will be advisable, however, to point out some of the 
means proper to be employed by church members for the attainment of 
HO desirable a blessing. 

Church members should be submissive one to another In love and 
livimility. "Likewise ye young-er submit yourselves unto the elder. — 
Yea, all of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility, 
1 Peter V, 5. The foregoing quotation requires a kind of mutual sub- 
jection among all the members of the church of Jesus Christ ; it is, how- 
over, not pretended to mean that some church members are to be found 
in opposition to their favorite views or dogmas, so far as they have ref- 
erence to matters of religion or church polity, and be entirely governed 
by I hem. It is not so much the subjection of an inferior to a superior, 
but of equals to each other; not that which is unjustly forced by au- 
thority, but voluntarily conceded by the affection of christian love ; not 
yielded as a matter of right, but for the sake of peace freely given ; in 
siiort, it is the mutual subjection of love and humility. 

Young persons of little experience and foresight, ought frequently 
to be subject to the more aged and sagacious ; it is certainly very in- 
discreet, not to say imprudent, for a young undiscerning stripling to 
stand up at a church conference meeting, and with much self-confidence 
and flippancy, oppose his views to those of an aged member. Young 
persons should at all times and under all circumstances, characterize 
their course by modesty, and a spirit of deference, and the utmost res- 
pect for the opinions of the aged and intelligent ; and a failure on their 
part so to conduct themselves, greatly tarnishes the loveliness and sim- 
plicity of youth ; nor does the obligation cease here, it may be extended 
no as to embrace members who are equal in age and rank ; such are al- 
so to be subject to each other in love, and at all times give due heed and 
respect to the opinions of the other. A good spirit will restrain mem- 
bers from all attempts at over-ruling, and arbitrarily controlling the 
opinions of others ; no member should be determined at all events to 
have his own way, right or wrong; but should make fair andj reasona- 
ble concessions to the opinions of others, as much as principle will per- 
mit him to do; and to that extent be willing to sacrifice his own views. 
Mei^bers, instead of contending for rule, should rather contend for sub- 
jection. Instead of exclaiming with haughtiness, "I have as much right 
to my way as any one else," we should rather say, "I have an opinion 
fud'will mildly and respectfully state it ; yet I will not force it upon 
the church, but will give way to the superior wisdom of others if I am 
opposed." Church members should always be in possession of humili- 
ty enough to admit of the supposition, at least, that other members may 
be in possession of as much light, and may see as clearly into matters 
/ of controversy, and probably more so, than themselves. 

It may not be prudent for us to stretch ihe democratic principle in 
our systen too far ; the idea of equal rights is soon converted into the 
means of turmoil and faction. Liberty, fraternity, and equal rights, in 
both Church and Slate, have often become the signals in the mouths of 
pome for the lawless invasion of the rights of others. It seems to have 
been forgotten that no njan, in social life, has a right to please only him- 
self; his will should be the good ©f the whole. And that individual vi- 
olates at once the social compact, whether in ecclesiastical or civil so- 
ciety, who pertinaciously exclaims, "I will have my own way." Such a 
declaration at once constitutes him a rebel against the community ; yet 
unfortunately for the church, too much of this rebellious spirit is to be 
found in her membership; and in many instances great havoc and de- 
struction have been the deplorable results. This spirit is frequently dis- 


guised, by the deceitfulnes3 of the human heart, under the cloak of zeal 
for the general good. Persons who figure most in this category, are al- 
ways finding fault with the present state of things, and are continually 
suggesting improvements, which, if adopted, would oftentimes tend very 
much to obliterate the ancient landmarks of our system. Persons of this 
description would be profited by a perusal of the following quotations 
of scripture. "Let nothing be done through strife, or vain glory; but 
in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than themselves." 
Phil. II, 3. "In honor prefering one another. Rom. xii, 10. If church 
members would enter fully into these seetiments, and resolve to "keep 
the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace," the prosperity of the 
churches would be greatly increased, and the cause of Christ more ex- 
tensively promoted. 

In order that church members may be enabled properly -'to keep 
the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace," it is important that great 
care be taken in the treatment of ofiences ; indeed, it is a right treat- 
ment of offences, that is essentially necessary to the preservation of 
peace among the churches. 

As there is to be found among church members every variety of 
temper and gradation of intellect, from the affable, courteous, learned 
and more intellectual,jdovvn to the rude, indiscreet and ignorant, it there- 
fore behooves church members to exercise a great deal of care and cau- 
tion in their intercourse with each other so as to avoid giving offence ; 
the propriety of adopting our remarks to the capacity and temper of our 
brethren, and of consulting the feeling and views of each other in a mild 
and forbearing spirit, will appear obvious to all. Our fixed determina- 
tion should ever be, to avoid giving each other a moment's pain or un- 
easiness ; the import or tendency of our words to each other should 
therefore be duly weighed and considered before uttered. In a word, 
we should "Jet our moderation be known unto all men." 

Church members should not only be cautious in reference to giv- 
ing offence to each other, but they should always be very slow and back- 
ward in receiving offences. Persons are sometimes seriously offended 
by the language of others, when indeed no offence was intended. Ex- 
perience has often proved that many things supposed to have been said 
or done maliciously and through design, were nothing more than the 
mere offspring of misapprehension ; and if persons having a petulant 
and irascible temper, would endeavor to place upon it the proper and 
salutary restraints which lie in their power, exercising a little more pa- 
tience and christian charity, which "Lhinketh no evil," and which teach- 
es us that it is our duty to attribute a good motive to the conduct of an- 
other, except a bad one is proved beyond the possibility of a doubt ; then 
might we reasonably expect more harmony among the churches, and 
less of that distrust and suspicious shyness that is too often manifesied 
among members, which like an evil spirit Sialking about in our mid^t 
never fails to interrupt and mar our peace. 

Let us then deliberately determine that by God's grace we will 
not be disposed so readily to take offence. If a resolution of the kind 
was properly respected, offences would measurably cease among church 
members, and the churches would be greatly relieved of the many inv-- 
ial and frivolous disputes that eventually grow out of a misconcepiiun, 
and which not unfrequently involves us in shame and ridicule. 

It sometimes happens that injuries are inflicted of a nature and 
characier, too serious to pass over unnoticed. These require explana- 
tion, in order that our future intercourse and fellowship^be not interrupt- 
ed. In such cases our duty is made so plain, and pointed out with so 
much unerring wisdom and'clearness, that we cannot fail to place our- 


selves in the right path> if so disposed. But it is submitted to the cair*-- 
dor of the churches to decide, whether or not, this important duty i& 
nut more neglected than matiy others of far less magnitude. 

VViien an injury of ihivS nature is inflicted, instead of going directly 
and at once, to the offender, according to the sacred injunction'jOf the Sa- 
viour, iVIat. XVIII, 15, how prone are church members to vindicate this 
precept, either by brooding, over the matter in silence, at the same time- 
cherishing an evil disposition of hatred andvariance towards the offend- 
er ; or by making disclosures of the m.atter to<those, whom a sound dis- 
cretion would make the very last person to have the possession ofamat- 
ter so delicate. With sach, however, complaints are often lodged, to 
the no small annoyance of our churches. The report of the injury gets 
abroad over the country, tortured and: exaggerated^ and as it changes 
hand?^, continually receives large additions to the original account, until 
in process of time it comes to the ears of the offender himself, in its en- 
larged and distorted. formy. who soon discovers that he has been misrep- 
resented and much calumniated ;, and being, possessed of the common 
passions and frailties peculiar to imperfect human nature^ he retorts by 
rendering "railing for railing," and hence is originated a case of the 
most complicated difficulty that might have been suppressed in a single 
interview of faitliful friendship and fair dealmg. We oughtHo go at 
once to the offending individual,,before uttering a single syllable of the 
matter to others ; if church members would thus be faithful, and by so 
doing, cultivate a greater familiarity with each other, instead of practic- 
ing that shy and distant policy so peculiar to some christians, offences 
growing out of the causes above stated, would be very rare. And it 
would be advisable for churcli members wishing to preserve peace, to 
■close their ears :;gainst, and frown down all attempts at making disclo- 
sures on o'her?, unless they shall first wait upon the offender and labor 
for recouciliution and fellowship. 

The admonition of Christ, Itlat. xvin, 15-17, is truly said to be 
worth "all the volun:ies that Philosophy ever wrote, and ought to be in- 
scribed in letters of gold." It cannot be too often repeated, nor can too 
much stress belaid upon an injunction so sacred and appropriate. Let 
this rule of the Saviour but ba neglected, and church members contin- 
ue to pursue the folly of making disclosures to third persons, v.'hose ears 
are itching and open to catch evil reports, and the peace of the church is 
at an end. 

In the practice of this rule of the Saviour, great caution and circum- 
spection is to be observed by christians, as to the spirit in which we go 
to the offender. A great deal depends on the frame of mind, or manner 
of the individual seeking redress. His whole course should be charac- 
terized by meekness and humility ; and no attempt should be made to 
coerce the offender to make restitution ; nor will it be proper to accuse 
him in a peremtory and insulting manner of the injury done, as the re- 
port may possibly be a fabiication and false; but he sho'ld mildly and with 
great modesty enquire of him concerning the matter, and whether the 
representation' as regards him be correct or not. If this interview 
prove successful, and the individual gains his brother so far as 
to produce some acknowledgement?, these beginnings of repentance 
i-hould be fostered and encouraged by the kindest expressions, and al! 
haughty airs of conscious superiority and all insulting and degrading, 
methods of dispensing pardon, should be studiously avoided, nor should 
any unnecessary concession be required. Tn all such cases church mem- 
bers should in a mild and kindly tone say to the offender, "My object is 
by no means to degrade you, but to satisfy you that you were mistaken,, 
audio convince you of your error; and as you appear now convinced^ 


ancThaye acknowledo'ed your fault,! am fujiy satisfied, and shall' fron? 
this good hour forgive and endeavor to forget tlie whole nDatter." 

If the private interview prove inefTiCiua', and the ofl'ender persists 
in a refusal to acknou'ledge his error, it then becomes the duty of the- 
aggrieved, (according to the rule) to take "one or two", and 
in their presence rehearse the whole nrsatter in controversy, and labor 
for reconciliation and fellowship, as in the first instance ; and in the dis- 
charge of this duty, very especial care should be taken to make a se- 
lection of persons eminent for piety, calmness,- good common sense and 
a sound discretion;- persons who have sufficient nerve to discard parti- 
san bias, and who will act more in the character of mediators, who will 
spare no effort to heal instead of inflame tbe wound. 

Notwithstanding^, great care is to betaken in regard to the acknowl- 
edgements of offenders, so as to avoid' seeming degradation, yet it is ab- 
solutely necessary in order to offences- being removed,^ that the offend- 
er, upon his being convicted of an injjLiryrshould make all suitable con- 
eession ; and it will in most instances be found, that m long continued- 
and complicated strifes, this obligation becomes mutual. It matters not 
who the original aggressor may be^a feud seldom continues a great 
while ere both parties are much to blame ; and therefore even the ag- 
grieved will have some concession to make ; and in order that the of- 
fender may be induced to acknowledge his greater offence, it will be 
proper for the aggrieved to confess his lesser one. Better evidence of 
a noble and magnanimous mind never can be produced, than a willing- 
ness to make confession of past errors and solicit forgivness. "Confess 
your faults one to another" is an injunction of inspiration. In our in- 
tercourse with church members we, hcwever, unfortunately find some 
so far forgetful of their duty aiul obligations to Christ, and their breth- 
ren, as to refase to make concession or give an explanation of any kind. 
Such a course of conduct is generally the result of a proud and" ambi- 
tious spirit, that disdains to gratify his offended brother by alfordino- the 
very least satisfaction which he might in the way of throwing light Tipon 
a supposed offence. Conduct of this kind is not only reprehensible, but 
should justly subject the perpetrator to a citation to appear before the 
bar of the church to answer ior the violation of the autliority of Cliriit, 
which is the last step in reclaiming an offender. "If he Vv'iJl not hear 
thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or 
three wiliiesses every word may be established ; and. if he shall Def- 
lect to hear them, tell it unto the church ; but if he neglect to hear the 
church, let him be unto thee as an. heathen man and a publican." Ev- 
ery effort that ingenuity can invent, affection prompt, or patience can 
coiiduct, should be made and fairly exhausted, before the matter be 
brought before the assenibled church, to be investigated by the brethren 
at large. If every trivial disagreement was to be layed before the 
church for adjudication , it would boon be converted into a court of com- 
mon pleas, and have its time consumed in adjusting matters of which it 
has no proper cognizance and of which it ought never to haye heard. 

An offence ought never to be considered as removed properly, until 
love or fellowship is restored. 

We should never rest until such an explanation is given, and re- 
ceived as will enable us to return to harmony and confidence; a mere 
cessation of liostilities may do for the world, but not for the fellowship 
of the Saints. In such a community it is expected that not only will 
the discord and sounds of enmity, be hushed, but the sweet harmonies 
of love be heard; not only should the conflict of rage be terminated ful- 
ly,, but be succeeded by the activity of genuine affection. 

Whenever an. offence has been healed,. in order to its proper remo- 


val, it should never be adverted' to in the future. Its very remembrance 
if possible, should be entirely eradicated from the memory. Other 
causes of disagreement may exist, and fresh feuds arise, but the old 
one should sleep the sleep of death, and its angry ghost no more he 
evoked, to add fury to the passion of its successor. Nor should we, 
when in our turn we are convicted of an error, shelter ourselves from 
reproof, by reminding our reprover, that he was once guilty of a similar 
offence. Such a course is not only mean and dishonorable, but unchris- 
tian and mischievous ir) its character and tendency. 

Every christian should bear reproof with meekness. "Let the 
righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness ; and let him reprove me, it 
shall be as excellent oil, which shall not break my head." Few indeed 
are capable of giving reproof, and still fewer know how to appreciate it 
when given. How small is the number comparatively speaking, who 
can sincerely adopt the language of inspiration as quoted above from 
the Psalmist of Israel] Alas ! we fear the number is very few indeed. 
What wounded pride, what resentment and mortification are exhibited 
by many church members, when their faults are made known to them, 
even with tenderness. A sense of our guilt, and sinful practices, should 
60 far humble us, as to receive the reproofs from our brethren with meek- 
ness, and should their rebuke seem severe, our feelings are not, there- 
fore to be irritated to resentment. A moment's reflection will convince 
us that the rebuke and admonitions of our brethren proceed from the 
love and regard they cherish towards us, and are intended for our ben- 
efit. "He that despiseth reproof sinneth," Prov. x, 17. "He that hateth 
reproof is brutish," Prov. xii, 1. "He that is often reproved, and yet 
hardeneth his neck, shall be suddenly destroyed, and that without rem- 

If the peace of the church be preserved, the members must discour- 
age a tattling disposition. 

Church members should make it a rule to avoid speaking of the cir- 
cumstances, and especially the faults of others. Let every individual 
resolve within himself thus : "I will be slow to speak of others. I will 
neither originate a report by saying what I think, nor help to circulate 
a report by repeating what I hear." 

Were every church member so prudent as to adopt a regulation so 
wise, the peace of society would at once defy the attacks of the world. 
We should ever act so cautious as to say nothing whatsoever that would 
admit of that perversion, which an ingenious slanderer or gossip may 
fabricate into the basis of a tool, calculated to injure another. It is 
wrong to originate slander, and still. more criminal to circulate it, to the 
precijudice of another. When, therefore, slanderous reports reach the 
ears of church members, it is not their duty to appear pleased with the 
offspring of newsmongers and backbiters, but they should indignantly 
frown upon every attempt at slander and crimination, by refusing even 
a patient hearing of the tale ; for as has justly been observed, "If there 
were no listeners, there would be no reporters." 

In the case of tattling we generally find three parties culpable, first 
the gossip, then the person who may be weak enough to listen to and 
repm-tthe tales, and lastly the individual who is the subject of the report, 
who suffers his mind to be excited and irritated, instead of going in the 
spirit uf forbearance and meekness, to require an explanation froni the 
original reporter. 

° There are tew circumstances which contribute more to interrupt 
the peace and harmony of society, than aproneness in some of the mem- 
ber?, to a gossipping, tattling disposition. There are always some per- 
sons in the church, who, like the Athenians, are ever anxious to hear 

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and .tell of some new thinof- With an insatiable appetite, they devour 
all the news they can collect and are never easy uiitil it is all disgorged 
again, to the unspeakable annoyance and disgust of those around them. 
Sucii persons seem to lake a peculiar interest in discoursing upon the 
business matters of others, and they seldom omit to point out their res« 
pective failings and short comings. Their good qualities or excellen- 
cies are seldom spoken of or commended; while their failings or al- 
ledged evil practices, are sure to be attended to ; and it sometimes hap- 
pens that such persons display a great deal of cunning policy in such 
cases by affecting to lament over the faults of their brethren. "What a 
pity it is," they exclaim, that he or she, (as the case may be) acted so 
imprudently. Their conduct greatly dishonors the cause of religion, 
and is therefore much to be regretted.*' And then another replies, 
"How exceedingly sorry I am, to hear this scandalous report; how 
the world will talk, and the cause of religion suffer by such shameful 
conduct in a church member. It cannot be expected to remain long a 
secret, or I.would not presume to mention a matter so painful." "Oh, 
says another, I have already heard intimations of this same thing long 
ago, I have been looking for this, and have mentioned my expectations 
and suspicions more than a month ago to several. I was fearful that 
lie was not what he professed to be when he joined the church. I am 
truly sorry that the cause of Christ should so suffer from his miscon- 
duct. My suspicions are now all confirmed, and I shall tell the friends 
to whom J communicate my fears, that everything has turned out just 
as I expected." Under this guise the tattler indulges his ruling pas- 
sion, and receives the countenance of some good people, who do not for 
a moment suspect the imposition. 

Others again, indulge this tattling disposition by going from house 

to house, under the cloak of visitors, enquiring into the truth of certain 

|[ reports, which ihey gravely alledge are in circulation, to the prejudice 

of a brother. With quite a knowing look, they inquire, "Have you 

heard anythmg of Brother , lately?" "No," replies the person ad- 

edrssed. "Then I suppose the report is untrue." "Why, have you 
heard anything about hmi?" "Not much ; hope it will not operate ma- 
terially against his religious character ; I hope it will all prove false at 
last." But the busy hody cannot let the opportunity slip, and immedi- 
ately publishes the secret ; and as such creatures generally take a 
deep interest in monopolizing to themselves the false honor of first dis- 
closures, they immediately set off to make similar enquiries, and disclo- 
sures to other persons. Thus they go on making mischief and disturb- 
ing the peace, not only of churches, but of neighborhoods, and but little 
enjoyment or satisfaction is to be realized by church members, while one 
of so pestiferous a character and disposition is permitted to remain 
among them. It is the duty of churches, therefore, to discourage the 
hollow-hearted and deceitful practice of tattling. It is the very bane of 
Society, and if encouraged or continued must inevitably prove destruc 
tive to the peace and welfare of all our churches. Let all church-mem- 
bers therefore, " Be slow to speak:' Silent people can never do a great 
deal ot harm, while talkers are always considered dangerous. 

Thus, dear brethren, we have endeavored in as plain a manner as 
possible to point out some of the corelative duties of church members 
incumbent on each other. Hew far we may have succeeded in our task 
is not for us to say; but we are free to admit that a great deal more 
might with much propriety be written and submitted to your considera- 
tion. The volume of inspiration, however, abounds with an abundance 
of instruction and sound maxims to which your attention is prayerfully 
invited; in that blessed book may be found not only such precepts as are 


calculated to prove " a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path," while 
ill this vale of sorrow, but an all-sufficiency to "make us wise unto 
salvation," and render us happy not only in time, but also in eternity.-— 
Finally, dear brethren, let us therefore adhere steadfastly to the doctrines 
and ordinances of Clirist as he hath delivered them to us ; and continue 
to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith Christ hath called us, with all 
lowliness Rnd meekness, vvitli long-suffering, forbearing one another in 
love ; endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 
And may we all endeavor to lay aside all bitterness and clamor, and 
evil-speaking, with all malice, and be kind one to another and tender- 
hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath for- 
given us. # 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

rrCost of printing 1,000 copies of these minutes :— 832 (W 









Friday, Oct. 21st, A. D., 1853, 






The Associnrion met accoidins: to a^ljournrnpnt, and the In- 
lroductor\ SeriKOu w<\s prHacli*^<l by EI(It G W liollins. frorn 
the 12ni ChH|»>r of 1st CorinJhirtns and 27th verse, "Now ye 
are the body of Christ atut inHriibers in pHiticular." 

After a shmt i^ct^ss ih»^ Del«^gates convened fogeiher in the 
Meeting House, and sofein prayer was made by Elder Thomas 

The Churches were then called, their correspondence read, 
and the names of their representatives enrolled and the state 
of each C»>urch ininu ed. 

On fiioiion of Bio. W. H. Green, opened a door for the recep- 
tion ol" Churches wishing a<irnittanc»' into our Union, when 
Mount Paran an<l Corinth recetjtl\ constituted: and Big Spring, 
dismissed IVom th^ Green River Association, were received, and 
the right hand «»l" fnUowship Hxtt*nded to their delegates. 

Elected Elder D. Fannell, Moderator, and Bro. J. R. Logan, 

On motion of Eider R. P. Logan, tlie Moderator appointed 
G. W. R.dlins. F. S. R^inM)ur, |{. T. Hord, I). Pannell and J. 
R. Logan, a conimiitee ol arrangemHPis ; and the Association 
then ailj«ujri»ed to meet at 10 o'clock, A. M., on to morrow.— 
Prayer by Elder J. J. Jones. 


The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
the Moderator. 

On motion of Elder J. Suttle. the committee appointad to ar- 
range the business of the Association, reported and were dis- 

Appointed C. Bridges. G. Harnrick. Rob'l McBrayer, and the 
Eldership ol Boihiig Spniig Church, a committee on preaching 
during the session of this hodv. 

On motion, the Clerk read the Constitution, Rules of Order, 
and abstract of principles. 

Called for correspondence from Sister Associations; and re- 
ceived from the Broad River, Elder W. Hill, and Brothers B. 
Bonner and T. Williams, with letter. 

From the Green River, a letter and package of Minutes, by 
Elder W. Harrill. 

From the Bethel, a letter without Minutes or Messenger. 

From the Catavi^ba River, a letter, no Messenger or Min* 

On morion of Elder J. Sutile. the Association dispensed with 
the previous practice of corresponding by committee ; and the 
Moderator appointed the following persons to write to Sister 
Association, to wit : 

Elder .1. Suttleto write to the Brond River, himself, T. Dick« 
son, G. VY. Rollins, R. P. Logan and J. R. Logan, Messengers. 

Elder T. Dickson to write to the Green River, himself, L. 
McSvvain, W. H. Green, and J. R Loiran. Messengers. 

Eldt*r G. W. liollinsto write to the Catawba River, himself, 
J. J. Jones, R.P. Lf)gan, Messenseis. 

Bro. .1. R. Logan to write to Tlie Bethel, J. buttle, C. Bridges, 
R. Poston. Messengers. 

On motion ofElder T. Dickson, this Body will invite a cor- 
respondence with the Salem Association ; and the Moderator 
was required to wriie a corresponding let'er to that Bodv : and 
himseir. (D. Pannell.) L. McSwain. G. W. Rollins, and T. Dick- 
son, were appointed Messeriirers to attend the next session, and 
solicited the contemplated intercourse. 

Inviied Ministerioii Brethren, not delegates, to seats, and re- 
ceived Bro'her James Poston. 

On motion. R. Price, T. J. Elam and F. Latlimore, were ap- 
pointed a commitH^e on Union Meeting'^. 

Brethren W. H. Green. R. T, Hord.F. S. Ramsour, were ap- 
poirjfed'a committ'e of finance. 

Brethren E. P. Jones. J. Bailey. L. McSwain. were appointed 
a committee on petitions and queries. 

On motitin. the Circular L"»ier prepared by Elder D. Pan- 
nell, was called for, read and ado[)te(l. and ordered to be print* 
cd with the Minutes of this Session. 

Elected Elder J. Suttln to prcaeh tlie Sermon of introduc- 
tion to the next Aisociaiion. and Elder D. Paimell alternate. 

Elected Fjld« r T. Dickson to write the n^xt Circular Letter, 
and his sobj^ct, to t)e '• T/te nature, design, and application of 
the atonement of Jesus Christ.^' 

Elected Elders VV. Hill. W. Harrill, B. Bonner and T. Dick* 
son, to preach on the Sabbath. 

On morion, the report of rhe Committee on Union Meetings 
was adopted, to wit: First Union Mweting to be held at Zion, 
on Friday before the first Sunday in May next. The second at 
Mount Vernon, commencing on Friday before thw fourth Sun- 
day in July next, (1854.) R. PRICE. Cli'm'tt. 

Whereupon, the Association made the lollovving appoint- 
ments: Elders G. W. Rollins, J. Suitle. R. P. Logan, D. Pan- 
nell, T. Dickson and W. McSwain, to attend the Union Meet- 
ing at Zion. Elders G. W. Rollins. J. J. Jones, T. Dickson, L. 
McSwain and Wm. McSwain to attend the Union Meeting at 
Mount Vernon. 

On tnoiion, the Commiltee on Finance reported as follows, 
viz: R'^ct^ivfid contributions from Churches, for printing? Min- 
utes. 826 92. F. S. RAMSOUK, Ch'm'n. 

The Association directed the Clerk to have 1000 copies of 
the Minutes p. inted and distributed among the Churches, and 
accept, of eight dollars I'or services. 

On motion, the ft>llowing Resolution introduced by brother 
T. Williams, was referred to the Commiiiee on Petitions and 
Quprit-s : 

Resolved, That this Association, assuming to be nothing 
above an advisory council, with a view to the advancement of 
good order and religion, earnestly recommend to the Churches 
composing the same, by all prudent means, to dissuade the 
members of our denomination from the promiscuous making 
and vending S})irituous liqtiors. 

The Association then adjourned to Monday morning, 9 o'clock 
prayer by Elder L. McSwain. 

The stand was occupied by those appointed, in a very feeling 
and impressive manner. A large and well ordered congrega- 
tion was addressed, to much profit, we fondly hopp. May the 
services of the day be the means of turning many from the evil 
and error of th«'ir ways, and "prove a savor of life unto life, 
and not of death unto death." 


The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
Elder R. P. Locran. 

Called the roll and proceeded to business. 


On motion, the letters of corr«^'Spon«lence vv#?re called for. read 
and adopted. 

Thp I'ollowins llpsolution Wms introduced by B<o. R. Price, 
viz: Rexolved. Thnt ihis Association will H(>poini fwo Ministers 
to labor, «*ach one month or more, in the desrjrui*' sectimi of 
country N,')i'th E^st. of this Association, extending as far as the 
CaiauoH River, and thai they be paid ihe sum of twenty dollars 
per motith by the Association. 

Which was adopted. Whereupon the Association appointed 
Elders D. Pantiell and J. JSutlle its missionaries under said res- 

On motion ol Elder T. Dickson, Bro. J. R. Logan was ap>- 
poinled Treasurer, and the sum of 'J'hirty dollars was raised far 
ihe contemplated mission. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Buffalo 
Church, praying an alteration of the 8ih Article of the Consti- 
tution, "so as to make all ordained ministers a standing delega- 
tion," recommend that the same be not ijranted. 

E. P. JONES. Ch'm'n. 
On motion of the Clerk, the following resolution was adopted 
as a substitute for the report ol the Committee, viz: Resoloed. 
That in lieu of any alteration of our system it is recommeuded 
to the several churches composing this Body, and they are 
hereby advised, to select as their annual representatives their 
most pious and intelligent members, and especially their minis- 
ters, to represent them in Council. 

Thesafue Committee, to whom was referred the resolution 
on the subject of Temperance, reported. That under existing 
circumstances they deem it inexpedient to a;lopt the same and 
recommend its rejection. They, however, are fully aware that 
great and lamentable evils are the continual result of intern' 
perance, bo!,h to Church and State, and therefore earnestly 
recommend that the members of all our Churches pursue a 
course strictly in conformity with the word of God, as revealed 
in the Scr'ptures of the Old and New Testament, which teaches 
men to live soberly^ righteously, and godly, in this present evil 

On motion of Elder G. W. Rollins, Resolved, That the thanks 
of this Body are due, and cordially tendered to the Brethren 
atad citizens of the vicinity of Boiling Spring Church, for the 
kind and hospitable manner in which they have accomodated 
the delegates and messengers attending the present session of 
this Association. 
On motion. Resolved^ that in conformity to the petition «i 

Mount Sinai Church, the next Session of this Body will be helcf 
with her. situnted ahout 8 miles south west from Shelby, and 
Ij miles North east from Ellis' Ferry, on main Broad River, 
commencing on Friday before the 4lh Lord's day in October 
next, (1854 ) 

The Association then adjourned. Prayer by Elder Thomas 
Dickson. DOVE PANNELL, Moderator. 

J. R. Logan, Clerk. 

NamQS of Ministers and their Post Office Address, 

Rev R P Locjan, White Plains, N C; Rev T Dickson, Shel- 
t)y, do.; Rev J Suttle. Camp Call, do.; Rev D Pannell, Webb's 
Ford, do.; Rev L McSwain. Ervvinsvilie, do.; Rev J J Jones, 
Fillmore, do.; Rev G W Rollins, High Shoal, do. 

Names of Contributors to the Catawba Mission within the hounds 
of the King's Mountain Association, 

Rev Thos Dickson, 2 00; Rev R P Loo:an, 1 00; Rev Joseph 
Sultle. 2 00; J R Logan, 2 00; Rev D Pannell. 2 00; Robert 
Price, 100; W H Greerp. 2 aO ; Rev G W Rollins, 100,; 
W H Hardin, 1 00; J H Bovven, 1 00 ; J A L Wray, 1 00 ; T J 
Elam, 1 00; Andrew Beam. 1 00; Thos Davis. 50; Frs Latti- 
more, 2 00; John Turner, 50 ; John Hu^ky. 25 ; J C Latiimore, 
1 00; A W Holt, 25; James Wood, 1 00; R T Hord, 2 00; Da- 
vid Hararick, 1 00; Thos Pruitt, 1 00; Wm M Champion, 50.-— 
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Ervvinsville, N C 

V Dickson. 


Sandy Run. 

Mooresboro', " 

J Suule. 




T Dickson. 



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T Dickson. 


Double Spring. 

Camp Call, " 

J Suttle. 



Webb's Ford, " 

D Piinnell. 


Boiling Spring. 

Sandy Run, " 

G W Rollins. 


LMount Sinai. 

Erwinsville, " 

L MfSwain. 


New Beibel. 

Gardn'rs F'rd « 

T Dickson. 


iMounl Pleasant. 

Sandy Run, •' 

D Pannell. 


Broad River. 


R P Logan. 



Fillmore, N C 

R P Logan. 


Pleasant Hill. 

Swangstown, " 

G W Rollins. 


High Shoal. 

High Shnal, " 

G W Rollins. 


Mount Vernon. 


M Williams. 


iMount Paran. 

Harnnony, S C. 

J J Jones. 



Seagles Store, NC 

A Abernaihy. 


Big Spring. 

Duncans Cr'k, " 

G W Rollins. 



W Hamrick. 
K P Jones. 
J Bailey. 
J R Logan. 
M Gold. 
W Hamrick. 
D D Durham. 
J Randall. 
R T Hord. 
W B Hjmes. 
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S Piitman. 
M Durham. 
J A Davis* 
J E^kridge. 
A L Johnson, 
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D O H P Moore. 
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To tl^ Chmches composing the King's Mountain Baptist Assch 
ciation^ Greeting : 

Dear Brethren — According to custom and a decision of your 
last Association, we now address you a letter on the subject of 

First. Election, in scripture, means God's taking a whole 
nation, community, or body of men. into eternal covenant with 
himself, by giving them the advantage of revelation as 
a rule of their belief, when other nations were left without.— 
See Deut. vii, 6. 

Secondly. As regards the salvation of sinners, it means 
God's eternal purpose that he had in himself before the world 
began — that through his Son, there might a way be opened or 
made from Earth lo Heaven, that through this way sinners 
might be saved. Therefore the Son oi God is spoken of as the 
elect of the Father; for thus runs the divine sentence, '^Behold 
my servant whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul de- • 
lighteth." — Isaiah xliii, 1. That God, ihe Father, did not only 
elect his Son to die for sinners, but chose the means and instru- 
ments through which the means were to be conveyed, appears 
obvious. The means of grace are the gospel ; for it pleased 
God, through the foolishness of preaching, to save them that 
believe ; ''But how can they believe in him of whom they have 
not heard; and how can they hear without a preacher; and 
liowcan he preach without he be sent?" — Rom. x. It is clear 
then, that a man must be called, before he can be sent; and 
that God calls men is a revealed truth ; as it is written, **Lis- 
ten, O isles, unto me, and hearken ye people from afar, the 
Lord hath called me." — Isaiah xlix, 1. And it is said of the 
Prophet Jeremiah, "that God called him and ordained him he- 
lore he came into existence." — See .ler. i, 6. Thus we see, thai 
those prophets, together with all "ihe ministry of reconcilia- 
tion," are called or c/ecierf according to God's purpose: for 
whom he did predestinate to be conlormed to the image of his 
Son, them he called, and whom h*^ called, he justified. — Rom. 
viii, 6« So also when Christ came into the world, in the days 


of his incarnation, he called mpn, who were not only to preach 
the gospel, but to be eye and ear witnesses to the miracles 
which he did. Therefore Peter declares that "he went about 
doinjj good and healing all that were oppressed with the Dev 
il/' fbf God was with him. And we are his witnesses ot* all 
things which he did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jeru* 
saletn^ whom they slew «nd hanjjed on a tree." Him God 
raised up the third day and showed him openly; not to all the 
people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God ; even to os 
who did eat and drink with him after he arose from the dead." 
Acts X.59, 40 41. 

We ISC e therefore that those Prophets and Apostles vvf-r*; 
God's elect, chosen before, predestined of him to be wirnehs^-.s 
of the death, resurrection and ascension of the Mesinh : aud 
that all those that believed God's word through them might b^ 
«aved. Hence we see when Christ was gcMOfi to U'HVe tli« 
world, he addressed the Father sayini^. "I have rnanirrsi<^d l^jy 
name unto the men thou jj;avpst me, ma of the world. «nd 1 pri^y 
not that thou shouldsi take them oiu of the world, tujt ibftf ihou 
.shouldst keep them from evil ; and juMilirr pray 1 for th^.'-i^^ ahiUM 
but for them also which shall helipv«- on uih ihrouj^h ihy vv<*»u, 
that the world may bt^lieve thm liio-n hast st^ot me." — Johu 
xvii. vSo as Christ came into the world and died, by appoiul- 
meat, to save sinners, being chosen or elected, so also he haw 
chosen or elected men and commanded them to "4^:0 into all 
the world and preach (h(^ gospe! to every creaiure, sayin«j Ih^ 
that believes atid is ha()iised shall be saved, and he that beiiev* 
•eth not shall be damned." — Mark xvi. 

And 8aint l*aul speaking on the subject, goes on to shov/ 
that Almighty God tiad laid down a plau to jrafher together all 
things in Christ, thus exclaims. ••Blessed he the God and Father 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lialh hie.ssed us with allsptniual 
(blessings in heavenly places in Chrirsi, according as he bath 
chosen us in him before the loundation of the world; that <\'r. 
«honld be holy and without blame before him in !o\>^; that in 
the dispensation of the fullness of time, he might tjalher lo^^etb- 
<^r in one, all things in Christ." — Eph. i. 1, 12. li is fhere-fofe 
through the agency of those holy men whom God hath tihos^-n, 
that the word o( life is preached to sinners: and noi only ihe 
A,poslles but the Lord hus had, and now has ministers of H'\h 
own choice whom he has chosen or elected to preach to sinner"^ 
and to gather them unto Christ, that they may believe and bo 
saved. And sinners are under as great an obligation to obey 
the word of God by the mouth of his messengers, as if Goi 


palled himself onto them. Bi*cause they are God's chosen in- 
struments for this purpose; and those that believed or trusted 
.aUtT that ye heard the word of trurb, the gospel oi your salva- 
lion, ye ^ere sealed wirh that holy spirit of promise, and made 
an heir ol God and a joint heir with the Lord Jesus Christ; 
therefore, being made an equal heir with Christ, the believer 
becomes o«e with Christ, one with his Apostles, one with iho 
njjnisters of reconciliation, and consequently the whole m^^ss of 
evangelical believers are calhni God's elect ; therefore it in said 
he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and 
they shall gather togfUber his elect from the four winds, from 
one end of heaven to the other." — Matthew xxiv. 

The believer being thus united to the Lord Jesus Christ by 
faith, the declaration is, he shall be saved with one everlasting 
solvation, for he saith "I give unto ihem eternal lite, and they 
Nhail never perish." And again, "Ye are dea<l, and your life is 
ijid with Ciirist in God, and wlien Christ who is our life shall 
appear, then shall ye also appcp.r with him in glory — and b<? 
|)Ut in possession of that inheritance that is incorrnptiMe and 
urulefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 
who are kept by the power of God r^.ady to be revealed in the 
last lime.*' — Col. iii. also 2Pe!eri. 

It. is said by yotne that the believer may be a child of God to- 
day, beloved of his Redeemer, and on his way to heaven : and 
to morrow he mny lose lii.s religion, iVill from grace and go to 
e!<Tnal pfM<ii[io!j at last. Away with jsuch an idea from the 
♦ aitli! Tfie heliever hecoiriing one with Chrifjt, by drinking 
ijjJo ihe same spirit ht^ is c^lied (he seed of i)avid, that is, our 
.-.piufoiil Dnvid which i:s Christ, [jence the laoijuage of Al- 
jnijjhty God. * (3i>ce hav<' 1 sworn by tny holiness that i will not 
lie unio Divul (or Chri^i ) !"?»at his.-e^Mj shall eiidure forever.and 
his tlirone as (he son h« tuie u\t\" — Ps^hris Ixxxix. 35. 3G. 

Aiiain we heur Chris! s-i\ioiJ, "i am ihe ij<io(l shepherd; I 
biy down rny iilV- lor ;he sheep, and f give nolo them erprnal 
hi*' and they >haii never j><Ti>h ; oeMther shnll any pluck them 
out of fiiy haod, nod n)\ F.iihr'r which is greater than all, gave 
Jijein (ne. :in<l none is ;jVd(Mo pluck them out of my Father's 
harsd." — Jtjhn \. llcnc'^ we see the plan of Almighty God irj 
.v/iving sinneis htul hrirjginy: them into eternal rest at his right 
hand, v/bere iImv shall ei»joy his peaceful presence throughout 
Jo.'iic eternity. Bot when we view the goodness of God in man^KS- 
rtMiemplion. in sending iiis ISon into the world to die for meB^ 
and also calliog tnen of like passions with ourselves to go to ib^s 
im| enilcnt siniur and call upon him to repent, and he lili«? 

seed WHS p,„ i„t„ ,„e s,„l a,,, ' • '"*'' "''^'inacy. Tf,* 

^. wit : nfi,iWny. This «,r, ,V\tl^ ' ""' "^ ""•" '""."'o, 

'o wu, M..S.-S, -SHvini.. "L,., ,„,." "'Y '''«';;<'"'• chosen serv„,„ 

he WHS ovenhrown with |,is hht, • an, n ^^/"', '" ^"'^ '•«^""""'» 
'Bui u„(o U.U »l,Ht Car „n l,n'Vu'f'''' '" 'h" «'^''- 

Finally, rnay the p-r«r>^ r.r t 

onion H„., oor„,nu..iof o, , HM^iin •'r"^?7'^'- ""'' "'" 
dren lor ever more. Amen T i, J ' '" "'"' '"' E'^ct Chil- 

^i'"<e to serve in ai) good ihingi 


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Cleaveland €onnty* •!*. €• 

OGTOBEK 26tli 1855, A:^D DAYS FOLLOWma 





The Associatio:?. met according to adjournment, and the 
^Introductory discourse was preached by Elder G W Eollins, 
ii-om Hebrews, 12th ch. Ist & Qnd verses. 

After a short recess the delegates convened in the Kouse,,, 
2ind Solemn prayer was ofFered, by Elder D. Pannell. 

Read letters from and, minuted the State of the churches.. 

On motion, opened the door, for the reception of churches^ 
%?i8hing to join oar body ; and received, "Walls" dismissed^. 
from the Green Eiver, and. "Olivet" and "St. Johns" dismiss- 
•ed from the Catawba, also, Lebanon, a newly constituted 
-Oh arch. 

The Association, then proceeded to ballot for a Moderator 
and Clerk, which resulted in the choice of Elder Thomas 
!.Dickson, for the lormer, and Bro. John 11. Losran, for the 

On motion, called for correspondence from sis-ter Associa- 
tions, and received, Irom-the Broad River, Elders W. Hill, A, 
J. Cansler, and D. Wray, v/ith a letter and minutes. Erom 
the Bethel, a letter but no messenger or minutes. Erom the 
"Catawba River, Elder T. Carleton, vdth a letter and package 
of minutes. YvomiliQ Green River,. Elder L. McCorry and 
!Bro D. P. Gold, with a letter and minutes. Also leceived a 
package of minutes from the Western Convention. 

On motion, appointed brethren, F. S. Ramsour, ~W. 11. 
Green, D. D. Durham, with the moderater and the Clerk, a 
committee of arrangement,; to whom all the papers belonging 
to the Association were referred. 

The Association then adjourned untill to-morrow 10 o'clock. 
Prayer by Elder W. Hill. 


Met according to adjournment., Prayer, by the Modera- 

were discharged. °* a'langemeLt reported and 

preachmg during, the session '°''' » committee on 

-.^rr;s:•StS£|S^^^^^^^ delegated, to 
McSwaiv., uiom.i^ 1 D Diirliam, and Asa 

Kead tho Constitntfon of Oia An • • 
and abstract of prindples ^^«°«"^tion, E„Ies of order 

Appointed J". Tiirnei- W S T-^/- n^ ' 

«ittee on Union n,eetino.J;^V^^^' «";,and E T. Hovda con. 

Assoczation if deemed lidvl^ablo '"'""' '" '""^^'''^^^^ t^e 
co;Se;n'lil!r""''"^-"-^«^'^«'I>a DarLan. a 
daU,Tl>o,nasbic!«oftTj,i|?„'71;S-,L|tte„, j. r,„^ 

. On motion the Moderator, ndlfirf-.n^-'''' ®'='"^^'^' 
viz: Elder J. Suttle to wi-ifr . """''^'''"S' appointments 

-Broad Association „; el °TCf"" T^^' '"^^ 

^ttie,??fe^rs!^i?lsg;ri>f^'^ ^- p--n .. 

W 4Ioore,Ja-. messengers. ^ ^- ^''^««"' ^^- H. Green 

Dieksol'v^ Sti^'w^S'^ l^-).j"--If ; Tho's. 
-Leathermq.n messen,c,er. '^-"am,, A. Hilderbran, J p 

~ngir"'"""^'^*°'^'^^eAeU.S„u^ j. ^^^^.^^^ 


mmutes of tlie session. '"^ '' '^^ P"nted witll tiae 

^he nixfiS^ni?,-;^ JJ-y ;;e .™ introdnetor, to 
"c-.'ct .ye;ir, whicli reeuUed ?n ""l^ '°7 ''« » Circular letrer for 
preacii the sermon, J S^t'e\lf»r "?"" i'^T- W^son to 
write the circnlar et er o rifJ •*'' ' """"^ ^*- W- Eolli, s 'o 
^Elected Elder W ^11°'^, ^,^"'f««l °f> ."/ie;,e„.„„c " ' '^ 
11, o'clocic on Sabbath and r^eeS "/^f '""^'7 Sermon at 
ection at the conclusion™ ho s'^^^^ take up a public col- 
the Catawba Yalley, and o her d<^ '•^"f '^°°''^'''° missions iL 
eiation limits. •" ^^^^'^ destitute parts in our Asao 

Then, elected Elder T.Carfeton yt Tr , 

-•■'-"On, A.J.CansIer.and LMo- 


CuiTy, to 'occupy the stand tlie remainder of tlie time on the 

The Clerk, obtained leave to read before the body, a com- 
munication from the corresponding 'Secretary of the Bible 
Board of the Sothern Convention, on the subject ,of the for- 
mation of Bible Societies, which was ordered to be laid on the 

The committee on Finance, reported the collection of $33.4^ 
for printing minutes, and were discharged. 

On motion, appointee/ J". K. Logan f. S. Kamsour, W. H. 
Green, a Board to employ a missionary or missionaries, to 
itinerate in the destitute parts of our Association, the ensuing 
Associational year, and, that Bro. J. K. Logan continue to act 
as Treasurer, 

) On motion, the Association, adjourned untill, Monday mor- 
iing 9 o'clock a. m. Pra}'er by Eider L. McCurry. 



The stand was occupied by those appointed ; and the word 
of life, was faithfully exhibited, by each of the speakers with 
apparent good effects. At the close of the missionary ser- 
mon a collection was taken up for domestic missions amoun- 
ting to $31 8G. We trust that much and lasting good may 
be "realized from the labors of the day. 


Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder R. P 

Called the Roll and marked absentees. 

On motion, called for and received the report of the com- 
mittee on Union meetings, as follows viz : 

The committee, to whom was referred the subject of re-dis- 
tricting the Association, and appomting union meetings ; deem 
it unnecessary to make any alteration, in consequence of there 
being an equal number of churches in each section. They 
however, suggest the lirst union meeting be appointed at Big 
Spring church, commencing on Friday before the 4th Sab- 
batk in May next, and that the second be appointed to bQ 


lield with the chnrch at Olivet, commencing on Friday be- 
fore the 4th Sabath, in July next. 

Respectfully submitted, 
R. T. HORD, Chm'n. 

Whereupon, the following appointments were made viz : 
Elders T. Dickson, J. Suttle, G. VV. Rollins, D. Pannell, P. 
R. Elam, J. Williams, W. McSwain, R. Poston, to attend at 
Big Spring. And T. Dickson, D Pannell, A.. J. Cansler, and 
R.'p. Logan, to attend at Olivet, 

On motion, the committee oa Sabbath Schools made the 
following report, which was adopted. To-wit : 

The committee to who was referred the subject of Sabbath 
Schools-Q-Submit the following report. 

It has truly been said, "that upon the rising generation de- 
pends the fuiure prosperity of the church of Christ." How 
important and necessary then, the proper cultivation and im- 
provement of the youthful mind, in a religious point of 
view ! ! 

* As a means for the furtherance and consumation of an object 
so desirable, your commtitee know ot no scheme better adap- 
ted to the wants of our churches and people than Sabbath 
Schools, properly organized in each one of the churches 
throughout ihe bounds of our Association. By organization, 
we mean, that the School be Superintended by a judicious 
and pious individual, chosen by the churches themselves, 
whose duty it will be, to attend each meeting of the Schools, 
and, observe a strict watch over the moral department of the 
scholars in attendance, and preside over and keep proper ord- 
er and decorum in the Schools, and, co-operate with those,who 
may be selected by the churches as teachers, in the choice of 
such books as may be best calculated to educate and lead the 
minds of the pupils into the true principles of the gospel of 
Christ. And your committee recommend as text books for 
the use of said Schools as of first and paramount importance, 
the Bible the holy book of God, and next to it such other 
works compiled by our own denomination, as are or may be, 
published for this specific object. 

Believing Dear Brethren, that such a course of religious 
training, would meet the approbation of Him, that has requi- 
red us to train up our children in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord , and in the way they should go while young, sc» 
when they become old they will not depart from it, and that 
each one of you, without the waste of time on the part of your 
committee, in bringing to your notice the many incr^*"'- ■ v^^^d 


benefits and religitJtis^ advantages, that iniist inevitably result 
from a course of religious instruction and reading will be ful- 
ly impresed, with 'the importance of at once or::anizing 
Schools in each and every one of the churches wiuiin our 
Association limits, we need theretore add nothing more than 
the true observatio:} , '^A hint to the wise is sufficient. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

E. P. LOGAiN", Chm'n. 

On motion, Eesolveu, thaf in the event of the orgariization 
on the part of the churches, of Sabbath Schools, the :^,u'perin- 
^e?2flf«^^^of each be requesied to communicate annua "It, with 
this body, in relai.^^n to the progress and results ol the same. 

■On motion, tlie writers of corresponding letters to sister asso- 
ciations produced the same, which were read apprv , ed, and 
signed by the moderator and Clerk. 

On motion. Called for the report of miSbionaries, appointed 
last session to labor in the Catawba Yalley When Elder D. 
Pannel, and C W. Rollins, stated the reason of their n.ot en-« 
gaging in the work which was satisfactory. Bro. D. O. H. 
'P.^Moore, as the Agent of Elder L. McSwain, then handed 
in his report which states^^ilmt he traveled 175 miles and 
preached as many sei-mons. Whereupon, tlie Association 
ordered that Brother J. P. Logan Treasurer pay ovdr to Pro. 
Moore, the amount of $10 \jQ due Elder L. McSwain which 
was done. 


Funds of \7\-3i year §33 67 

Pablic collci'fion this session 31 86 

Aggregate n-.-nint -St 53 

Credit Pfr a inoiuit paid Elder L. McSwain 10 66 

Balance on hand 8^3 87 

The Board of missions employed Elder R. P. Logan, to la- 
bour ill che destitute parts of the Association, under their di- 
rection at the rates of $30 00 per moLvrh to be paid quarterly. 
And in view of the great destitirtioii of pecuniary means to 
meet the liabilities of the Eoard, the Asssocia,tion, adopted 
the following iP-^oluti on, viz: 

Resolved, rnir the several churchts cnniprismg tlnS Body, 
be fraternally leqiiested to send up their free will oif tarings to 
the next annual sesdon, to defray the expenses of the mission 
now under way in the bounds of this Association.. 

On moiion, appointed brethren. J. K. Logan, W. Hamrick, 

IF. Latimore, F. S. Ramsour, and Elder T. Dickson, a commits 
mittee to attend at High Sboal ciiurch on Saturday previous 
to the 4fb Snndav in December next,to enquire respecting cers 
' tain expressions contained in her letter to this Association, and 
labor lor reconciliation, and make report to the next meeting^ 
of this body. 

Resolved; That the Clerk have as many copies of theser 
Minutes printed, as the funds on hand will enable him, after 
retaining flO 00 for his services, and ^hat he distribute the 
same among the churches as usual. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are cordially 
tendered to the brethren and frinds in the vicinity of Zion, tor 
fheir kindness and hospitality manifested in the acoommoda^ 
tion ot the delegates and iiiessengers during the present sess 

Resolved, That, in conformity with arran«;ement made by 
she Unionnieeting, the next session of this body will beheld 
with the church at New Prospect, about miles North East?' 
of Shelby, Cleaveland County, N. Cat the usual time. (Fri^ 
day before 4ih Sabbath in Oct. '56) 

On notion, the journal of proceedings were read corrected 
and a^lopied. The Association then adjourned to the time aac^ 
place above named. Frayer by Elder J. Sutlle. 

THOMAS DICKSOI^, Moderator. 
.John K. Logan, Clerk. 


Tfee Eng's Mountain, Baptist Association, to the Churches in union. 
Dear Bsethe-en, in the Lord ; According to an appointmtot of last As- 
«ociatioii, we address you upon the subject of "Missions.,, 

In entering upon the discussion of this subject, we would implore the assis- 
tance and direction of tliat Spirit, which guides in the way of all truth. 

The subject of ^lissious, is one of vast importance, and. vital interest. It 
would fill an Angels hand, and a Savior's heart. This subject, ought to inter- 
«st every Christian; for, by this means, the nations of the earth, are, to be giv- 
•«n to ?the Son, as an inheritance; and, the ijtraost parts of the earth, for a 
possession. Therefore, let us love, and esteem it; and especially, because our 
•RufFering Savior, v/as himself, a missionary; and says, this,, is the way, walk 

Christ, was the embodiment, and living illustration of divine goodness. 
The whole liistory of his earthly career, may be comprehended in a single sen- 
tence, "He went about, doing good." For this, he came into the world. For 
this, he lived, suffered, and at last died on the cross. He, brought all the re- 
sources of his Godhead, and the office of his Sonship, to carry on the great 
M-orl;: of doing good. He, became poor ; that we, through his poverty, might 
becoiiie rich. He, took of the things of the Father, and shewed them unto 
•us. He, cared not for comfort, human rank, nor honor. He, strove not for 
a crown, nor a kingdom of this world. 

His ambition, (if we may so speak,) was only to do good. To aceompHsb 
liis mission, he, took a place among the most humble ; and carefully minister- 
ed i& the wants of all. Every page of his eventful history, is refulgent with 
mercy. Every line, is an emblem of benevolence. Go with us to the garden, 
I)ear brethren; behold, the Savior in the stillness of the night, giving vent to 
the agonizing emotions of his soul ! He, is bowed to the ground, as the load 
of excruciating agony weighs upon him. 1 what grief and sorrow ! See, the 
bloody sweat, falling to Ihe ground. Why all th^^? For the good of man. 
Behold him in the judgment hall, suffering abuse an,d insulted! See, him, 
bending under the cross, as he moves on towards Calvary. He, is there 
nailed to the wood! Thus, he bleeds and dies ! Why all this intense suffer- 
ing? To do good unto men. Yes, says the opposer of missions, that, is the 
kind of a missionary, we want; that 'will do all the good he can, and hav(^ 
nothing for it. 

But,'tliis character, should remember, that, although,the Savior, was able to 
multiply the few loaves and fishes, to feed a host in the wilderness: and could. 
fast forty days, and forty nights; yet, he, made it the duty of the people, to 
minister unto liim; and, they did so. "And Joanna, and Susanna, and many 
others, ministered unto lum of their substance." Luke, viii, 3. Just so, he 
would have his people act towards, his ministers, in this, and every other age. 
of the world. Although he could feed them with manna from heaven; or 
-command the ravens to°feod them, as they did Elijah : yet, he, says, his minis. 
tors shall not go a warfare at their own expense; but they that preach thq 
gospel, shall live of the gospel. 


Notwithstanding', the Savior, was a great biessing- to the world, while he 
was upon earlh: yet, he says, it is needful for the world, "that I go away." 
So, in the absence of the Savior, the great work of diffusing abroad the light 
of eternal truth, was committed to the church. This church, is that kingdom, 
that shall break in pieces tM other kingdoms of the earth; and, shall stand 
forever, a monumeat to the glory cf its author. This glorious kingdom, is 
the light of the world; it is the instrumentality, by means of which, the world 
is to be regenerated and saved. Thh, heavenly kingdom of holiness and love, 
is the church of the living God; the pillar, and. the ground of the truth. Ta 
this church, has been committed a s.^cied treasure. It is the truth as it is in 
Jesus. This truth, has been committed to the church, and is able^to save the 
soul ; being the eternal truth of God ; and, it is the duty of the church, to sus- 
tain, preserve, and promulgate it in the world. How energetic then, ought 
the church ta be, in the cause of missions ! Founded, herself, on the rock of 
eternal ages; she is destined to ba the means of upholding the truth in the 
world. She has received, that she may impart it to others. Her mission, is 
a mission of mercy, to the lost sons and daughters of men. 

But, we regret to say, that, she does not exert that influence and power to 
save a sinking world, that she ought.. There are several things, that clog the 
wheels of Zion, and weakens her power ; which tend, to retard her progress, 
in the conversion of the world: one of which we shall notice. Division of 
Sentiment, this is one great obstacle to the onward march of Zion ; especially 
in regard to the nature, of her mission. While, some, are trying to push on 
the car of salvation, they, meet with a great deal of opposition, even from their - 
brethren, by reason, of conflicting views: owing to this cause, she, has lost 
that simplicitiy, peace, and unity, which, her dying Saviour, prayed might be 
hers forever; and, while the world. He, came to save, is going down to death:- 
she, is wasting her time and strength in mutual broils, and controversies^ 
about the nature of her mission; which she ought long ago to have known. 
And, what is the cause of all this division of Sentiment, with its ruinous train 
of consequences ? The history of the past eighteen hundred years attests the 
truth, that it is, in consequence of partiality, prejudice, education, or tradition. 
For, the first breathings of a newly converted soul, is, that God's kingdom 
might came, and over all prevail, which would continue to be the oase, if the 
judgement was not warped by some of the things above mentioned. 

Oh! would she but emerge from under the clouds of ignorance, in which 
she is involved, and shake herself from every clog, and execute her mission 
more fully! How mighty would be her energies in the subjugation of the 
world, and how like the voice of God, would her voice be sounded through 
the abodes of unbelief and sin! But, instead of this, many, it seems, would 
lock the wheels of salvation, and impede the progress of thit Angel that flies 
in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto men: and 
instead of converting the world to God, we fear, they have become them- 
selves partially converted to the world. Oh ! would the church but arise, 
above the dim and murky atm.osphere of earth and lay hold with a deathless 
grasp upon the immutable promises of God! What a revolution would be 
wroiight in her feelings and viev/s! And, how bright would be that light, 
which, she would scatter throughout the world 1 ! For, the church, is des- 
tined to be the. great fountain of light to a guilty world: the reservoir, from 
which is to flow forth, the streams of salvation to a perishing world. 
. Her mission will not be accomplished until every sation on earth shall ao- 
IvEOwledge the Lord, and be made the recipients of tliat truth which she, w;;s 
^Otm.missioned to preach. Not, until the heathen shall be given to the Son, as 


sn Inheritanee, and, the dtmost parts of the earth, for a possession. 

The church, is said, to look forth as the morning sun, that illuminates the 
-earth, rises higher and higher, scattering the shades of night and'iighting up 
this dark earth, until, every valley and the remote corners of the earth are illu- 
minated and w; raied by its rays: so, the candle of the church, v/as lit up more 
than eighteen hajdred years ago, and, has been looking forth from that time 
down to the present. Though for eighteen centuries, she, has been buffeted 
by the waves of persecution and by false brethren ; and, though, the lightnings 
have played ;\r->:rl her, and clouds and darkness have involved her: yet, her 
course is l a, ■ .;li1, she glides along, spreading wider and wider, the light 
of eternal ti.u.;i, I'oing guided by the light of the past, :md, the infallible 
word of God ; let Ui Jook down through the vista of the future, that, we may 
the fat- ^ '.rli^r _,;i3 of the church : here, a glorious prospect lies before 
~"he e£ s ;' i; is already wrought, are, but the presng.e-^-of her future 
phs. Yet, ; .^ Cannot triumph without a conflict ; then, let every Chris- 
ay, let the conflict come, we will not remain idle spectators of the scene; 
ill enter the field of battle under the blood stained banner of the cross, 
■will raise the Son of righteousness, higher aiidhi^rher, until, every valley 
"ark corner of the earth, is lit up by his rays, and his glory shall cover the 
as the waters cover the bason of the great deep. 

en, Dear brethren, v/e, should look abroad and see, that darkness yet co- 
r^the earth, and gross darkness the people. .Look over the briny deep, and 
there, behold, mothers sacrificing their children, to appease the wrath of their 
■deities, made with their own hands! and where is the Christian, that is not 
willing to lend a helping hand to rescue innocrnt babes from being crushed 
before the wheels of the great car of Juggenaut ? That Christian ought not 
to be found on the face of the earth. 

We, remember once, asking an antimissionary, if, one of his children was 
carried to a heathen land, and left in that dark and benighted country, if he 
would be willing that some missionary, should be sent to preach the gospel 
to that child 1 and the only answer he gave us was, "that alters the case." — 
Now, we awfully fear, this is the case with too many. Because, the heathen 
are not their children according to the flesh, they are concerned but little about 
4hem. I:L>wmuch more praiseworthy and christian hke, the conduct of a 
.noble hea. ed lady in one of the great cities of this Union, when, she discover- 
ed a frightened horse running away with a vehicle, and a little child therein, 
-she became so distressed, as to immediately run oat into the street, and cry 
aloud for some efforts to be made to save the child'? her daughter at the same 
time rebuking her, and telling her, that, it was not her child. I know it, she 
replied, but, it is some ones child. Let us rather act the part of this good ten- 
der hearted lady, and let us also act the good Samaritan, not pass by our fel- 
low creatures in distress, or in a perishing condiiiou and have no cojnpassion 
on them. Let us also, act the part oi the little maid, that was taken captive 
by the Assyrians, out of the land of Israel, who >:'d on Naaman's wife; 
who said, would to God, that my master vvas with the prophet in Samaria,, 
for; he would recover him of his leprosy. 

We, sho'^ld not only be missionaries in word, but in deed, and, in trnth, for, 
when it was necessary that the House of the Lord; should be built at Jei^usa- 
lem, (Ezra i. 5.) there rose up the chief of the fathers of Juch'.h, and Benjamin, 
and the priests and Levites, with all them whose spirit God, bad raised to go 
up to build the house of the Lord, and, all they that v/ere about them, streng- 
thened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, with beasts, 
and with many precious things, &c. &e. And, shall we be less charitable, and 
willing to strengthen Iho hands of the men of God, who are going to ajid fm 


m the earth, to establish the hoase of the Lord in all the world, by giving out 
substance to send the Bible and the man of God to the Heathen who have 
never heard of God, that they might call on. him and be:-.saved ! 

Another example, — when the Demoniac of Gadara, was brought'to his right 
mind, (Mark v. 19-20.) Jesus, said unto him, "go ihome to thy friends and 
tell them how great things the Lord has done for thee," and he departed and 
began to publish in Decapolis, how great things Jesus had done for him, and 
all men did marvel." Ought not we as Christians to do the same, and if some 
of us cannot publish the truth abroad, we can support those that can, and we 
must do it if we do our duty. • 

Another example, Luke 11.47. When the angels of the Lord, had informed 
the shepherds that a saviour was born in Bethlehem, the shepherds immedi- 
ately made known abroad the saying that was told them concerning the child. 
And cannot we, Dear Brethren, make known abroad, that Jesus is not only 
•born into the world ; but tiiat he has suffered, died, and rose again, for the 
justification of all tJiat believe on him. This, we can do by loosing the hands 
■of our ministers, while, we say with the Poet, 

"Go, messenj^ers of peace and love, 
To sinners plunged in sliades of night ; 
Like Gabriel sent from fields above, 
Be yours to slied celestial light." 

And, let it be in deed, as well as word, for, there are many that say, and do not. 

Another example, — and this ought to shame many, called Christians, who, 
have rendered so little to the Lord, for all his benefits. Luke xvii, 15-18. 
''When Jesus had healed ten lepers, and one of them when he saw that he 
•«vas healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God : and Jesus ans- 
wered and s:iid, v/ere there not ten cleansed, and where are the nine ? there are 
not foutid that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger." Is it pos- 
sible that nine christians out of ten, just sit down and never glorify God in 
carrying out that great commission, "Go ye into all the world and preach the 
gospel to every creature." "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations." But, 
.perhaps the nine says, this command is only to the tenth, to wit, the minister, 
and we are exempt. Let them take notice when the Saviour ascended on 
bigh, as the captain of our salvation, he gave gifts unto men, and doubtless 
some of those gifts were the ministr}^ ot the cross,, and they are servants of 
the church and are to obey her gospel calls aid orders. They are represented 
as the servants of the chuj-ch ; serving the church, as>the ox serves his owner. 
Suppose A, were to bid your servant come and labor in his farm, and at the 
■same time had no power or authority to say -to youto 'Send him, what would it 
avail ? Then, you see, Dear Krethren, that the comnaand is to both, it is to the 
minister to go, and to the church at the same time to send him. And if the 
minister refuses to go, he should remember, "that wo is me, if I preacli not 
the gospel." And if the church refuse to send and enable him to go, she, 
should remember, that it is written, "wo unto them that are at ease in Zion.'* 

We should be willing, at least, to devote some of our substance, and time, to 
the Lord. But, this is very hard for some to do; and they will contend that 
it is not their duty. But what says the law and the testimony ? i Chronicles 
XXIX. 4-6. In the building of the temple, David shows his liberality and says, 
that he had given, even three thousand talents of silver ; and then says, who, 
\is willmg to consecrate his services, this day, to the Lord? Then Dear 


Brethren, the church of Christ is to be built up in all the world ; and if it re-- 
quired gold and silver in the days of David, to carry on the work of the Lord. 
Why not now ? Do we suppose the Lord has lowered his demands, in conse- 
quence of the covetousness of his people ? not in the least. But to the contra- 
ry, he has raised them, for, where much is given much is required. As our pro- 
perty increases, our obligation to throw into the treasury of the Lord increa- 
ses, for, we are commanded to give according to what we have. Then, how 
hardly shall the rich enter into the kingdom of heaven, whom God has blessed 
with a great deal of the goods of the world ! And, yet, they will shut up their 
bowels of compassion towards the lieathen that are perishing for the bread of 
life. And, 

"The poor, the object of God's love, 

Who want and famine dread." 

Eccl. XI, 1* Solomon, in giving direction for charity, says, 'Cast tby 
bread upon :he waters, tor ihou shall find it aOer many days.' 'Gi'/e- 
a portion to seven, and also to eighi, for thou knowest not what evil 
shall be upon the Karih.' Proverbs xi 24-25. 'There is, that scatter- 
eth, yel increaseth ; and there is that which withholdeth more than is 
meet, and tendelh to poverty.' 'The liberal soul shall be made fat.' 
The Saviour was careful in his day to notice the liberal soul, so much 
so, that he stood over against the Treasury; and he saw the rich man 
casting in much; and also (he poor widow cast in her two mites, and 
he said, that ^he had cast in more than they all. And the Saviour 
commands his people to sell that they have and give alms. This was 
his advice to that young man that wished to know what good thing he 
must do; yet, he refuses to do it. Just so il is wiih many called chris- 
tians in this our day and time ; if the ministers of Christ tell them, that 
they ought to give to the niissiojiary cause, they go away offended, like 
that young man. But, my dear brethren, il is our duty to send the word 
of Cod far and wide. 

I^^' How few christians in this day and time are williug to act the part 
of the primitive christians, who sold their possessions and goods, an^ 
parted them to all nf>en, as every man had need. 'Neither was there 
any that lacked, for as many as were possessors of houses or lands sold 
ih*»m and dislribul^jon was made unto every man accordinor as ibev had 

Some churches will say, ihey are willing to pay for their own prea>- 
chini:; but, they are unwilling to support a minister to go and preach 
lu others: but the Apostle says to the Corinthians, that he robbed oth-^^ 
er churches to do iheni service; i. e. other churches supported him, 
when he was p?eaching to them, when they ou^jht to have done it; and 
the reason was, the Coiinlhians bad sot yet learned their duly. We, 
mat know CUP duly, should be willing to send them ministers, tbatih^y 
may learn their duty. But some will say, charity should commence 
at home; well therr, be sure thai you do not muzzle the mouth of tb© 
()^, I hat treads out your own corn. We are sorry lo say, that there 
are churches that dues not do their duty in this respect; such churches 

ought to he afraid that the cries of the children of those ministers, wh© 
have went a warfaring at their own expense, and fed the flock, and 
did not eat of the milk thereof; and stood at the altar and labored day 
and night, and was not made partaker of the things of the aliar, will 
rise up against them and condemn them, when they are waiting to hear 
that welcome applause, *\vell done good and [aithlul servant.' 

There is one thought, that should stimulate every baptist to action; 
that is, God has kept us up as a people, distinct Irom all other socle, 
ties in the world. What society bnf this, could have subsisted amidst 
the mutations of a hating world ? Where are now the mighty empires 
of antiquity ? They are but an empty natne, live only in history; 
crushed by bloody wars. But. the church of Christ, though she has 
undergone many revolutions, remains, and will remain, when fhe con- 
sumption determined by the Lord of hosts, shall come upon all the earths 
Therefore, Dear brethren, we ought to look around us, and say not, 
'there are four months, and then comelh harvest, for, behold the fields 
are white already to harvest.' We should remember, that thousands 
of the human lamily are perishing for want of the bread of life, every 
day that we live in the world. Thereiore, let ns be up and doing while 
it is day, for the night comelh when no man can work* Let us look 
through the telescope of love, overall the earth where the gospel has 
not been preached, and see the ignorance, darkness, superstition, idoN 
atry, cruelty, and perishing condition of man. And will not that zeal 
for the salvation of a sinking world, become like fire shut up in the 
bones? And may theory be extorted from the bosom of every chris- 
tian, 'Oh! that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears 
that [ might weep day and night' for the perishing condition ot man ! 
And may Zion awake, and arise, and shake herself from every clog, 
and travel in her strength, until, many sons and daughters shall be bora 
unto God, on the heathen shores! 

It seems unnecessary to prove, that the heathen cannot be saved 
without the gospel, for It is so plain, it needs no proof. Yet, we will 
cite your attention to a few scripture texts. The Apostle says, *that, it 
has pleased the Lord, through the foolishness of preaching, to save 
them that believe.' And again, 'Without faith, it is possible to please 
God.' '\ndhe that comes to God, must believe that he is, and that he 
is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.' Again, 'How caD 
ihey believe in him of whom they have not heard, and how can thejr 
hear without a preacher?' The eunuch, with the scriptures in bi» 
l^nd, says, 'How can I understand them, except some man guide meT 
How then, can the heathen believe, without the assistance of the Bi- 
ble and teachers. 

[t is perfect nonsense to talk of believing in a thing never heapd of* 
Then if the healhen are saved, it must be upon some unknown plan, 
different from that of the gospel: yet, we read of but one cistern being 
hewn out, and but the one system boing set up by our Saviour lo save 
winners. But sonrie will say like Peter, the heathen are unclean, and 

tfferefore, not worthy 0/ ibe gospel and God does not intend fhey shall 
JVear il. The answer to this is, 'the times this ig;»orahce God winkeef 
at, but now commands all men every where to re{>enl.' And he more, 
over says, '^he is no respecter of persons.' 

It was predicted by tiie prophet that the once hostile nations around 
about Jerusalem should pay them annual visits and join in their fesii-« 
Tuls. Yxia., saith the propliet Isaiah. 'From new moon to new moon, 
and from sabbath to sabbath, shall all flesh come to worship before the 
Lord of hosts.' Now it is evident, that these high prediclions were ne>. 
ver accomplished in the earthly Zion, and Jcrusaletn, yea, it is imposs 
sible they could be in their literal sense: the nature ol things forbids i'. 
But to the spiritual Zion and heavenly Jerusalem (bey have been fulfill- 
ed aod shall be more and more accomplished. For this holy hili must 
be established in all the world: and we rriay come to the city o( the liv*. 
ing God without a pilgrimage. "Then the Vv'olf shall dwell 
with the lamb, and the leopard, with the kid, and the young li- 
on, and the fpitling together, and they shall not hurt, nor des- 
troy in all nny lioiy mountain." When shall these high predic- 
lions be fully accomplished? Not until God's kingdon:i v^ill' 
corne and over all prevail. Then the nations shall learn war 
im more. 

But, -oO me will admit,that the gospel is to be preached to ail 
Lations, which will be at God's own good lime. NoWj, 
let us enquire, when that ''good time " is, to-morrow ? 
No. For God says, "boast not thyself of to-morrow," for th ou 
knowtst not what a day will bring about. Then, now is the 
time^ sajs God, we have no promise of to-morrow, now is th& 
time for us to lay our shoulders to the gospel wheel, and roll it 
on to Earths remotest bounds. Or will you be at ease in Zion* 
and slumber while the Saviour pleads for asin king world. 

Universal nature J aswellasthe wordot'God; has pronoun^ 
ced a woe, upon them, that are at eage in Zion. If then, breth- 
ren you would fill the design of your holy mission-Q-if yoU' 
would share in the bli%a and triurjjph, of the Redeemed in heav- 
en, whose, employments and exercises are full of action ; you 
must throw your whole energy into the miahty work before 
you. Leo one simultaneous onset be aiade upon the territory 
of Sin ; renewing the attack day by day, and pre^s on with 
unfaltering rank& until!, the bread of Y\{^,ihe Bible fmih fully 
traslaled ; is carried to the millions of the Earlfa. and the bUsed 
gospel is extended through the borders o( our own land and, to 
the uttermost limits of the habitable globe. 

Behold, these two gigantic enterprises of tha church ! — 
The Bible and the missionary eousel Going forth in their peer> 
jess majesty, linked hand in hand, to regenerate and exalt to 

God a ruined race, now in their struggle at the threshhold of 
infidelity. They tarn to you for sympathy and for help: Shall 
they look in vain and be disappointed? Let the Universal re^ 
sponce be No— no. Can you say, in the magnanimity of your 
souls : God, being our helper, we are able lor the lask of 
doing our share of spreading the gospel to the ends of the 
world? If so, shink not, dear brethren, beneath this stupendu- 
ous Atlas. God is your strength: therefore, with a faith, and 
heroism, that knows no surrender, nerve your mind s for the gi- 
aut effort. And let the magnificent glory, that shall crown 
your v'ctofy, give immortal strength, to your broad shoulders, 
to sustain the mighty load. 

Already the souadof victory, 1^ coming in loud swelling notlE'S 
over the din of the battle field. The' shouts of your brethren 
in foreign lands are heard rolling across the mighty waters. 
Will you not then help to push on the triumpbs,i5ntil our united 
hosts shall be seen coming up from the Wilderness, Shining as 
the morning, "fair as the Moon, clear as the Sun, and terrible, 
as an arm*; with banners-?" The the Redeemed milliorisof 
justified *S'pirit3,and Angelic armies, will rejoice to behold those 
triumphs in a glorious eternity. 

Then the throng of the Redeemed, and shining legions of 
Arigels will join the shouti ngs of Universal triumph. Saying; 
blessing and honor, and power and giory; unto him that sittelh 
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for-ever, and ever, Amen,. 

Swmniury of the Table^^ 4|l||i- 

Baptized, 81. Received' by letter, 84:. Dismissed, 104:.— 
Kf^stored, 2. Excommunicated, 48. Deceased, 31. Total, 

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Fourth Jimiiversary Jfleeting, 




FRIDAY, OCTOBER SO, 4. »., 1854, 






FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1854. 

The Association met according ro adjournment, and the In** 
troductory Sermon Was preached by Elder D Pannell, (vicov 
Elder J Siittle, indisposf^d,) from Ephesians, 2nd chap., 19ih 
verse : "Now therefore ye are no more stranj2;eis and foreign- 
ers, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the house hold of 

Alter a short recess, the Delegates convened in the House, 
and prayer was offered by Elder J Suttle. The churches wero 
ihen called, their correspondences read, the names of their del- 
egates enrolled, and the state of each church minuted. 

On motion, opened a door for the reception of churches into 
our Union ; and received the following, to wit: Sandy Plains, 
constituted 24th March, A D. 1854; New Prospect, constituted 
October 0. AD, 1854; and Bethlehem and Long Creek, dii- 
missed from the Broad River Association. 

Application was also made by delegates, claiming to be the 
representatives of Ebenezer church, within the bounds of ih© 
Green River Association, for membership ; which after somo 
discussion, was referred to a select committee, and afterwards 

The Association then proceeded to ballot for officers, which 
resulted in the choice of Elder D Pannell, Moderiitor, and bro 
J R Logan, Clerk. 

On motion, appointed Elder T Dickson, Major Hull, S Mc» 
Braver, the Moderator and Clerk, a committee oi arrangements, 
to whom was referred the papers and documents belonging to 
the Association. 

The Association then adjourned until to morrow, 10 o'clock, 
AM. Prayer by Elder T Dickson. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
the Moderator. 

Called the roll and proceeded to business. 

On nnotion, the committee of arrangements reported, and 
were discharged. 

On motion, called for ^nd received Gon^spondence from 
iSistpp Assocjations. as follov/s. to-vvit : 

From th^ Bfoad Rwer. Elders. A J Cansler. S Morgan, and 
brothers, H G GafFnoy and C P P^-ttj'. with Letter and Mmntes, ihe Green River, Elders, B Bruce. L McCurry, and 
brother G iVI Webb, with a Letter and Minutes. 

From the Bethel, brother Wm Gordon with a Letter. 
\i Fronj the Catawba River, no correspondetsce. 
"The Secretary of the Western Convention handed in a pack* 
age of the Minutes of said Convention, which were received. 

Invited visirjng Ministers, not delegates, to seats, and receiv- 
ed Elders. R P Logan. J J Jones, and W McSvvain. 

On motion, read the Constitution, Rules of Order, and Ab^ 
fltract of principles. 

Appointed brethren, Jesse Hardin, J W Murray and R T 
Hord a committee on Union Meetings. 

Brethren, F S Ramsour, W H Green and F Lattimore, a 
commitiee on Finance. 

Brethren, T Dickson, M Hull and W Moore. Jr., a committee 
on Petitions and Queries. 

On ujotion, proceeded to appoint persons to write to Sister 
Associations, with which we correspond, and messengers to 
represent us. as follows, to- wit : 

Elder T D)ckson to write to the Broad River, himself. L Mo- 
Swain. G W Rollins, R Poston, J R Logan and W H GjeePt 

J R Logan to write to the Green Riv»^r; himself. M WiU 
liams, R Poston. G W Rollins, 8 McBrayer, T iJickson. RP 
Logan, I) Pannell. W H Green, R T Hord and J C Lattimore, 

Elder R Poston to write to the Bethel ; himself, J Suttle, L 
McSsvain and J Turner, messengers. 

Elder J J Jones to write to the Catawba River; himself, 
William McSwain, Major Hidl and M Williams, messeng»TS. 

Called for, read and adopted the Circular Letter, prepared 
by Elder T Dickson, and ordered that it be printed with the 
Minutes, as usual. 

On motion, the committee on Union Meetings reported as fol- 
lows, viz: First Union Meeting, to be held at New Prospect, 
commencing on Friday before the 2nd Sunday in May next.— 

second Union Meeting:, to be held at Beaverdann church, com" 
mencing on Friday before the 4Th Sunday in July next. — 
Whereupon, tfie Association appoint»^d the follovvine: preachers 
tc attend the first, viz: Elders, G W Rollins, L McSwain. T 
Dickson. R Poston and R P Logan. To attend the S'^cond. EI*» 
ders, R P Logan. R Poston. J J Jones, W McSwain and J Suftle. 

On motion, the committee on Finance reporf^'d as follows, 
viz: Whole amount ol contrihufions Irom churches for printing 
Miniates, $33 82 cents. Whereupon, the Association ordered 
that the Clck have as many copies printed as the funds will 
admi? of — that tje also superintend the printing and distrii»ution 
of th^n) am<«nj; the churches, and retain Eight dollars lor his 

On motion, the committee on Petitions and Queries, reported 
as lolhivvs viz: Your commiftcR recomm.end, that the next 
Sessi(H( of this Bf> Jy be held with the church at Zion, (3 miles 
North ofShelbv. on the Wrst .side of First Broad River, com^ 
mencing on Friday betore the 4fh Sunday in Ootoher, 1855, 
agreeat>le to tht* arrangement oi the Union Me.eiing, and the 
petition ofsnifi chtircn. 

Yor.r commit (<■«• a!.>o recotnrnend that the following Qup.rie 
front Douhl- Spnntis church, fo-wit: "Is it in acf;f)8dance with 
Gospel ord/M- and Baptist usH^e, (or the E!der>hip of Baj»fist 
churches to tnrf. aiid form Preshyterirs. and cotistjfnie new 
chui'cSr;"?. if^cludioj/ p«-rsonstbat Stand excluded in ufher B^ipiist 
chnrciif-sr' le answered asCoHows: No. — We advise our 
churches not to constitute any men)l)er or m? rnhers into a 
•chiHch. uoif'Ms such member or members shall have been regu- 
larly disjnissed from the church or churches lo w hich he, she, or 
(they, (liay have belonged. 

Your committee ludber recommend that the Querie from 
Mount Pnran church, viz: "What course should he taken 
by a <di irch of Khe Bfip?isf faith and order, in reierf nee to a per- 
son wiio makt s applicaticm for baptism and tnembersbip, who 
has [jT'^viously been baptized ancj joined to a baptist church 
wiihuui ibe (Kjundsof tins Associaimn ; a{)d who says that wher* 
he Wris tirsf received and haptized, he vvas deceived; not hav- 
ing at that lime exfierir'nced a genuine conversion ; which he 
now prulVsses lo enjoy ?"' be answered as follows : We advise 
our oLurches not to re-baptize any one ibat has beeu baptized 
by a iavNlul administrator, 

Re.specffuily submit ed. T. DICKSON, Chm'n. 

On motion, the report was adopted. 

The Association then proceeded to elect Elder J Suttle to 
write a Circular Letter for next year on the subject of "Mmio?!*.'* 

Also, elected Elder G W Rollins to preach the introductory 
Sermon to the next Association — ^Elder T Dickson, alternate. 

Balloted for preachers to occupy the stand on the Sabbath^ 
which resulted in the choice of Elders,B Bruce, L McCurry and 
T Dickson. 

On motion, ordered that Elder L McCurry he requested to 
preach on the subject of missions, at 11 o'clock; and that imme- 
diately Jhereafter a public collection be taken up fur that object. 

The Association then adjourned until Monday morning, 9 
o'clock, A M. Prayer by Elder G W Rollins. 

The stand was occupied by those elected to preach ; and the 
word of eternal truth was faithfully exhibited to a very large 
and attentive congregation, it is hoped with good and lasting 
etTect. A public collection amounting to $20 was taken up for 
Domestic Missions, and 60 cents for Foreign Missions. 


The Association niet according to adjournment. Prayer by 
the Modera«:or. 

On motion, the Association rescinded all action in regard to 
Ebenezer church, and ordered that, no record of the same be 
entered on onr minutes. Whereupon, the following preamble 
and resolution were introduced, and after some discussion, 
adopted by the body, viz : 

Whert;as, with deep regret, information has been received by 
this body, that the course of action pursued by the churches at 
Big Spring, Sandy Run and Bethel, members of this Associa- 
lion, in reference to the re construction of Ebsnezer church, is 
offensive to the Green River Association, to which said church 
properly belongs until regularly dismissed therefrom. There*, 

Resoloed, That this Association, as a body, greatly deplores 
the action taken by said churches ; and hereby admonishes 
them, as well as all others belonging to our Body, together 
with any and all our ministers, to refrain from any interferenc* 

in the matter, until the case be satisfactorily adjusted by th« 
Creen River Association. 

On motion, called for letters of correspondence to Sister As- 
sociations, which were read, approved by the body, and signed 
by the Moderator and Clerk. 

On motion, called for and received the report of our Mission 
aries, appointed last year. The substance of which is as fol 
lows: Elder D Pannell traveled 112 miles, preached 37 Ser 
nions, delivered two lectures on Baptism, labored 26 davs, bap 
tized 2 converts, received trom Pisgah church $2.00, from Mt 
Gilead $1.00. Elder J Suttle labored 9 -days, preached IS 
Sermons and baptized 11 converts. 

Whereupon, the Association ordered that bro J R Logan, 
Treasurer, pay over to Elder D Pannell $17.33, and to Elder J 
suttle $6.00, out of the funds io his hands, which was done. — 
Brother M Williams then handed over the sum of $4.75. from 
Mt Vernon church, and Elder D Pannell $2.75, which being- 
added to $28 50, (the amount collected on subscription of last 
year) makes the aggregate amount $36 00 

To which is also to be added the collection on Sunday. 20.00 

Making a sum total of $56.00 

Cr. By amount paid Missionaries. 23.33 

Leaves an unexpended balance of $32.67 

On motion, the Association then appointed a committee of 
three members to select preachers to operate as missionaries 
th© ensuing year, viz : Brethren J C Lattimore, M D Padgett 
and W B Lovelace ; who reported the names of Elders, D Pan- 
»eli and G W Rollins, and Elder L McSvs^ain in case of iailure. 

The Association ordered that they occupy the same field of 
labor, and be paid at the same rates as ordered last year ; and 
that they report the result of their labors to the next Session of 
this body. 

On motion, Resolved, That the thanks cf this Body be given 
to the brethren and friends of the vicinity of Mount Sinai 
church, for their kindness in entertaining the Delegates and 
strangers attending -he Session of the Association. 

After the reading and signing of the record of proceedings 

The Association adjourned. Prayer by Elder R Poston. 

D. PANNELL, Moderator. 

J. R. LOGAN, Clerk. 






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The King's Mountain Baptist Association 

to the Churches in Union, Greeting : 

Dear Brethren : — Agreeably to the direct iot) given us at your 
last Sf'ssion, we adilj-ess you, this year, on the *' Nature, Design^ 
mnd Applic'/tion of the Atonement of Jesus Christ." 

The nfifDie of the atonement that God required of man after 
he sinned, va ay such. I hat he, in his tallen state, could not ren-* 
der saflNraciiott ro an infinite law; hence, Christ, as our suret}', 
«ame in as a rnedi^ttor. between an offended God, and man, the 
©ffende? ; and undertook the o;reat work of man's redemption ; in 
order th;it he jnie^ht be re-instated, or brought back into the 
favor of Gf»d. lie came— not to establish the first covenant, 
which WPS a covenant ot works, and which had been previously 
broken by aposiate man — but more especially to establish the 
coven^mt of j^race, which is truly said to be the jrreat key to 
sua n's . 'Salvation : which comports well with the language of 
ibe A[)«tfc;ile Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, 2<\ chapter, 8rh 
verse: "By tiirace are ye saved, though faith ; and that not of 
yourselve.s: it is the gift of God : not of works, lest any man 
flhould iHJasl," 

The ovenant of grace was entered into by God the Father, 
»nd God the Son, ere the topmost dust of the earth was laid ; 
for He was set up from everlasting to everlasting, the same 
yesterday, to day. and forever. The same unchangeable I am. 
And u'hen we discover that he came not to do his own wsll, 
but the will of his Father who sent him. we at once see the pe« 
culiar fitness and propriety of the Apostle's language, when he 
said, "God coramendeth his love to us, in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us." And again, the Prophet Isaiah, 
«hap. 53iJ, 1 lib verse, while discoursing on the subject ot Christ's 
atonement, bre^tks forth in the lollowing language, "He shall 
see oi the travail ot his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his 
knowledge shall my righteous servant jostity many; tor he 
«ball bear their iniquities." And in (he 5th verse of the same 
chapter, it is said, ''But be was wounded for our transgressions. 


he was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peae« 
was upon him : and with his stripes we are healed." The word 
atonement, properly means a cdvering, and intimates that our 
sins are, by a proper atonement, covered from the avenging 
justice of God. In its nature, it is general ; all-sufficient to ex- 
piate the sins of the whole world, although special in its appli- 
cation. 1st John, 2d chap. 2d verse. In the sacred volume, 
we see many beautiful types shadowing forth the great sacra- 
fice, that was offered unto God, well pleasing in his sight ; il- 
lustrative of that eventful offering that was made by Chrisf, on 
Mount Calvary, to which the writer would briefly direct your 
attention. By a close attention to these types, the nature and 
design of the atonement will be simplified and made plain to 
all. By reference to the law of sacrifices, as recorded in Le> 
yiticus, you will see that beasts or fowls without blemish, were 
invariably selected: for instance, the gentle dove is always 
taken as an emblem of innocence ; or the ox, fitly representing 
patience ; or the lamb, which is generally regarded as an em- 
blem of meekness and humility. All of which, conjointly, rep- 
resent traits of character, in a smaller degree, that were amply 
reflected in the person and character of Jesus Christ, in his state 
of incarnation and humiliation, while he was engaged in the 
great w^ork of atonement for the sins of the world. He was 
meek, innocent, and humble indeed; opening not his mouth 
when led as a lamb to the slaughter. But your attention is 
particularly directed to a sacrifice recorded in the 16th chapter 
of the same book, to wit: the sacrifice of the two goats that 
were to be offered once a year for general atonement. The 
officiating priest was required to array himself in linen gar- 
ments, an emblem, no doubt, of Christ's incarnation, or the robe 
of human nature with which he arrayed himself, when became 
to expiate our sins on the cross. In this instance on the appointed 
anniversary,or day of sacrifice.the priest offered expiatory bacri- 
lices,both for /«V/25e//;and lor all the people. Notso,hcwever.wiih 
Jesus Christ, our great high priesf,,who needeth not as those high 
priests under the law, to offer sacrifices for his own sins first, and ' 
then for thepeople ; for He was holy, undefiJed and without sin. 
Another difference will appear, in that, the law made men 
priests that had intirmities. But the word of the oath, since 
the law, maketh the Son, who is pure and consecrated, a priest 
for ever more. The Priest, under the law, on the day of atone- 
ment made his solemn entrance into the holy place made witk 
hands, with the blood of bulls and of goats,— typifying, as th« 


Apostle plainly declares, the entrance of Jesus Cbrisf, the high 
priest of good things lo come, by a greater and more perfect 
tabernacle, into the holy place not made with hands — that is, 
into heaven itself; having obtained eternal redemption for us. 
Another ceremony, however, peculiar to the law dispensation, 
will claim your attention, for a short time. Besides the bullock 
and the ram, which Aaron was to offer, the first for himself, 
and the second for the people ; he was also to take tor all the 
congregation of Israel, two kids of the goats for a sin oiiering ; 
which were to be brought, as usual, to the door of tije 
tabernacle of the congregation; but were not boih lo 
to be killed, as were usually done; for, by a certain rite, the 
two victims w^ere selected by lot ; the one to be offered in the 
accustomed manner unto the Lord, and the other to be present- 
ed alive before the Lord ; while Aaron, laying both his hands 
upon its he.'id, confessed over it all the iniquities of the children 
of Israel — tbeir transgressions in their sins. This latter was 
called the scape goat, which bore awav the sins of the people 
ceremoniously; so. Jesus Christ, though reputed as a sinner 
among men, was pure and righteous in the eye of God, and by his 
death and sufferings, bore away our sins, in his own body, on' 
The tree of the cross. They were imputed to him, and h'; bor« 
the punishment due to them. This was typiiied more fu iiy hv 
the goat which was slain and sacrificed. The fiesh and biood 
of this creature are sometimes represented as possessing rnedi- 
ciial qualities, healing maladies, and soltening rigid adamant : 
which if true, is a fit emblem ot the efiicacy of Christ's blood, 
in healing our sinful leprosies, and softening our hard and stony 
hearts, and changing them into hearts of fiesh. 

The first goar was an emblem of Christ sacsificed for us ; fop 
Jike other sacrifices, it vvas killed : so in like tnanner was Christ 
put to death. Its blood was carried within the vail: so Christ 
was to appear in the presence of God for us. with his ow'u blood. 
Its body was to be burned without the camp : so Christ suffered 
without the gate. But let us direct your attention more particu- 
larly to the mystery of the scape goat. bt- fore mentioned. Its simi- 
larity in some respects to Christ will appear obvious to the mo^t 
superficial observt^r. Like the other, it was to be taken from the 
congregation of Israel, and doubtless it was purchased with the 
public money. So was Christ feken from among his brethren, 
and bought for thirty pieces of silver, out of the public treasury. 
That be might be numbered with the transgressors, and bear 
the sins of many, he was delivered into the bands of bis cne- 


tvjies, according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledgfi 
of God. And. by this same counse!, was determined before vo be 
done, whatsoever happened unto him. Hence it was, that Pilale 
vj/as deaf to the remonstrances of his own conscience, in cons 
demning' him who vias just and without fault ; and hence, the 
Jews preferred a murderer to the Lord of life and glory, when 
^bey desired that Barrabus should be released, and Christ should 
be crucified. 

It is true indeed, that the^great propitiatory sacrifice has 
already been offered, Jiever to be repeated again ; heeausp, 
suflicient in its nature for the healing of the nations. For the 
rsature, design and application of the atonement of Jesus Christ, 
was, to prepare a people for him ; and by the instrumentality 
of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, by iaithful min*. 
jfiters of the cross, to a lost and ruined world ; God. attending 
the exhibition of his own word, by the power and efficacy of 
the Holy Sp>irir; this great work is to be accomplished in the 
fullness o{ time. "For the gospel is the power ot God to every 
one that believeth: to tSie Jew first, and also to the Greek/' or 
gentile. And the Saviour had a particular allusion to this. 
v/in^n he said to tsis d/sciples. *'Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth a»>d is 
?)aptized shall he saved; and he that not shall be 
damned. " h is clearly spt fonh in this passage, that an apph. 
cation of the atofje^isent or biood of Christ, must, be apfdied to, 
the s<ihj!. fo clearsse it iroxn the poliutiorts of sin. which is done 
by exercising faith in him; for Jcjsus Christ said to Nicodrmus, 
"Marvel not. thai 1 said unto thee, ye must, be born auain," — • 
born of the water and of the spirit. Tb<^ design of the aione« 
ment of Christ, therefore, was not only to wash away our sins 
in his own blood, but to prepare our hearts, by the exercise of 
saving faith, for ilie indweibngs of his spirit ; "tor, if any man 
hf) in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have pas.sed 
away; behold all ihincrs have become new." And it is also 
»aid, that the tdood o! Christ cleanseih from all sin ; having our 
hearts sprinkled frotii an evil cotiscience, with clean water and 
tiie law of the Loni u#ifren therein. and which is the f>appy re- 
sults of an ap{)lication of the aronem-ut of Christ ; having t}»ere^ 
by o^)taine(i a part in the first re^^urrection, on such the second 
death hath no power. As the5^)lood of the sacrifice, that was 
tjfiered liie evening bef.?je the children of Israel left, the land c/f 
Kgypt ;— -they were in take the blood of the sacrifice, and st.j;ke 
it qn the two side posia, and on the upper door post of the hoLses 


wherein they should eat it; for the destroying angel was lo 
pass that, night, and wherever the blood was not applied to the 
door of the tent, he was to destroy the first born. And so he 
did ; for next mornins^ when they arose, the first born of all the 
Eiiypnans was dear! : for the blood was not appli^ d there ; and 
the destroying angel entered in and reigned there. Now, what 
hinders us from viewing Christ's blood isi ihe same sense ? The 
Savicur ti'ri'id, except ye eat of my flesh and drink ot my blood, 
ye sl] ill have no life in you ; and this plainly teaches us Ihat 
wp must^individualjy have an application of Christ's blood, ap- 
plied to our hearts, or the destroying angel (which, in a spiritual 
sense, is the second death) will have power upon the soui 
to destroy it forever. O! the blessings that attend the nature, 
desigf) and af)plication of the atonement of Jesus Christ ! For it 
is through it that we have the glorious jrospel preached unto os; 
and by it lost sinners, who are bliodfolded by the god ot this 
world. caiA have a knowledge of themselves, and be brought 
into tht' glorious liberty of the children of God ; at)d he parla-- 
kers of his holiness. But the gospel must be preache ; for God 
is a Spirit, and they that worship hitn must worship him in spirit 
and in truth. And how can they call on him, of whom they 
have not heard; and hov*^ can ihey hear wii^ out a preacher? 
Does if not, ^herefore, behoove, the church oJ Christ lo use grea- 
ter etr«»ris to spread the glorious gospel of a crucified and risen 

D^^ar Brethren, permit us to say, in conclusion, that without 
an application of Christ's atoning blood, sinners will be lost 
iorever. May every child of the Adamic family, prayerfully 
consi(ier this important subject, and prepare to meet the God of 
all the earth in peace, is the prayer of yours, in the bonds ot 
ihe gospel. 

»'^' "' MINUTES 






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Friday, Oct. 24. 

The Association met, according to adjournment last year, and the 
Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder T. Dickson, from 1st. Epis- 
tle of Peter, Chap. 2nd, verse 5th : ^'Ye also, as Uvdy stones, are hutlt 
up aspirltul house, a holy 2J7'iesthoodj to ofer lip spiritual sacrificeSj 
acceptable to God hy Jesus Christ." . ..,^ 

After a short intermission, the delegJltes from the Churches conven- 
ed in the meeting-house, and prayer was oifered by Elder L. McCurry. 
The officers of the last session being in place, the Association procee- 
ded to business. 

Brethren F. S. llamsour and J. W. Green, were selected as Read- 
ing Clerks; who received and read letters from all the Churches in 
union save one, and the state of each was minuted. . 

On motion, — Opened a door for the reception of Churches desiring 
admission into our body; and received Shelby, dismissed from the 
Broad River ; Concord, from the Grreeu River ; and Thessalonica, from 
the Catawba River Association. 

The Association was then formed by the election of Elder T. Dickson, 
Moderator ; and brother J. R. Logan, Clerk. 

On motion, — called for corresponding bodies ; and received from the 
Green River, as Messengers, brethren W. W. Green and J. H. Yar- 
borough, with a letter. No other Messengers being present, 

Appointed a committee of arrangements, consisting of brethren W. 
Roberts, J. Turner, L. McSwain and the Moderator and Clerk ; to whom 
all the papers and documents belonging to the Association were referred. 

Then on motion, — the Association adjourned until to-morrow 10 o'- 
clock, A. M. Prayer by Elder L. McCurry. 

Saturday, Oct. 25. 

Tke Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the 

Called the roll of Delegates and proceeded to business. 

On motion, — Invited Ministers in attendance not delegated to seats, 
and received Elders J. L. Ezell and J. Brumfield, from the Broad Riy- 
er Association. 

On motion, — Extended the call for corresponding bodies and re- 
ceived from the Broad River Association, brethren L. Gardner, D. 
"W. Wray and E. Lipscomb, with a corresponding letter. 

On motion, — The committee of arrangements made their report, and 
irere discharged. 

On motion, — The Moderator announced the following committees, 
Yiz : On 'preaching during the Session : Brethren J. C. Lattimore, 
R. McBrayer, B. Goforth, with the Deacons of New Prospect Church. 
On Union Meetings : Brethren A. J. Cansler, W. Moore, D. D. Dur- 
ham, with instructions to consider the propriety of re-districting the 
Association, so as to form their divisions. On Finance : Brethren F. 
S. RamsGur, R. T. Hord, J. C. Hoyle. On Sabbath Schools : Breth- 
ren J. R. Logan, S. McBrayer, J. A. Roberts, to whom all papers 
relating to that subject were referred. 

On motion, — The Clerk read the Constitution, Rules of Order, and 
Abstract of Principles. 

On motion, — The Moderator made the following appointments, to 
wit : 

Elder A. J. Cansler, to write to the Broad River Association ; Elders 
T. Dickson, D. Pannell, R. P. Logan, G. W. Rollins and brothers W. 
B. Lovelace and J. Turner, Messengers. 

Elder G. W. Rollins to write to the Green River Association ; El- 
ders T. Dickson, A. J. Cansler, and brothers A. A. McSwain, and C. 
D. Blanton, Messengers- 
Elder R. P. Logan to write to the Catawba River Association; El- 
ders R. P. Logan, J. Clarke, J. Williams P. R. Elam, A. A. McSwaia 
and brother D. Setzer, Messengers. 

Elder D. Pannell, to write to the Bethel Association ; Elders D. 
Pannell, T. Dickson and brother J. A. Roberts, Messengers." 

On motion, — Called for the Circular letter prepared by Elder G. W, 
Rollins ; which was read by the Clerk, adopted and ordered to be print- 
ed with the Minutes of the Session. 

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Elected Elder G. W. Eollins to preach the Sermon introductory to 
the Session of 1857. Elder R. P. Logan, alternate ; and Elder A. J. 
Cansler to write a Circular letter, to be read before the next Session of 
this body in 1857. Subject : ^' The design of the Lord's Supj)er, and 
the riglitfid recipients thereof." 

The Association then took a recess of thirty minutes; after which 
resumed business in the house ; when Elder A. J. Cansler was elec- 
ted to preach a Missionary Sermon on the Sabbath ; after which a col- 
lection is to be t*iken up in aid of Missionary operations in the Cataw- 
ba Valley. 

Elders J. S. Ezell and G. W. Rollins, were then elected to occupy 
the stand the remainder of the time on the Sabbath. 

On motion, — The committee on Union Meetings reported. See Ap- 
pendix A. 

On motion, — The committee on Finance reported — the amount sent 
up by Churches, 

For printing Minutes to be, : ^ ; : : '• : $37 16 

For Missions, : : : r : : : : 5 25 

On motion, — Elder R. P. Logan, Missionary to the Catawba A^alley, 
reported : That he had spent in the service of the Association, sixty- 
one days; preached sixty Sermons; travelled seven hundred and sixty- 
three miles; baptised fourteen converts and received in contributions 
from the people in the field of his Missionary operations, twenty-two 
dollars and ninety-five cents. Whereupon, 

On motion, — His report was received and the Treasurer of the Board 
ordered to liquidate his claims against the Association ; which was 
done. See Appendix B. 

On motion, — Appointed D. Setzer, J. J. Hicks and W. Roberts, a 
committee of conference to pngage a Missionary to labor the approach- 
ing associational year, and designate the field of labor to be occupied : with 
instructions to report on Monday next. 

The Association then adjourned until Monday 9 o'clock, A. M. — 
Prayer by Elder D. Pannell. 

Sunday, 23. 
The stand was occupied by those appointed by the Association ; and 
the word of life was faithfully exhibited to a large, well ordered assem- 
blage of people. Elder G. W. Rollins opened the services in a dis- 

, , isth verse- immediately after which, 

course f™- ^--^' ^/J/'^J' if;; appropriate Missionary dis- 
Eiaer A. J. Cansler, followed .u a -ry pp P^^^^^ ..p„ ye are 

course, fro. .irst — ans th chap.^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^_ ^ ^^^^,^ „„, 
bought with a price, i-e. -"i ^ ^^^ ^^^ missionary pur- 

lection was taken up, ---''""^"J^;', ^,\, ,.„ur was then had, and 
poses, in the Catawha Valley^ ^ ^ ;^^.^^ i„ , ,ell timed and ap- 
Elder J. S, B.eU «";^,^^^^^^^^^^ q^He a thn 1 

propnate discourse trom ^'f^^' ^^, commencement of a 

ii.„sensation in ^"^^^^^^^'I'^^.^Zl^^.^^^^-''^'^^^ '^"'^ "" 
„ood work and gracious revival of reU„ , 
feed more fully in days yet to come. 


Monday, 9 o'clock, A. M^ 
..e Association met according to adjournment. Prayer hy Klde. 

B.P.Logan. , , ,v„entees Beceived Elder P. Carleton 

Called the roU and jr^^^^^^ Catawha Biver Asso- 

as a Messenger with lettei ana 

'=i^"°''- o 1.1, .1. «n-honls reported. See Appendix C. 

Tte 'committee on Sabbath fe<=^- ;^^^^^^^^^ ,,ed. See Appen- ' 
The committee sent to High Shoal Lnur 

d'^^- c „ »„nninted on Saturday reported. See 

Tl,e committee of conference appointed o 

Appendix E. AH of which -- ^^J*;;- ^,i„, f,,, .ead and 

On motion,-The corresponding letters we 

adopted. J, g namsour and J. R- Log^^ 

On motlon,-Br^l^ren W^ B b ts,J ^^^^. ^^,, . „, ,Uch, 

«.e appointed a ^^^^^^^ '' q, ,„aon, 

the latter was appointed ireasure Churches ia 

S.O.../, That we request =>"^-:- ::f re&r several eon- 

our bounds to lay our ^-W ope— ^^^ . ,^, ,,te up a 

. .reoations at some convenient ""T. ^".Jl be brought to our next 

I 'public collection for *e --^^^ ^0^ -^ '^'^^ ''''' "" *' '"' 
Leting and be e^P«°d«^ as th^s bo y 

a„ee of our Missionary enterprise. ^^^^j_ 

The following resolutions were introduced, read and P 

mously: . Kplipve that tlie Churcli is 

, ,?e«-/.«^ That we as a denomination, beUeve 

composed of spiritual believers ; therefore, we look upon the practice 
of making, buying, selling or using spirituous liquors as a beverage, 
a very great evil. Therefore, we recommend our Churches to use all 
laudable means to suppress the same. 

Resolved, That this Association, acting as an advisory council, ia 
matters pertaining to the best interest of the Churches in a religious 
point of view, will, therefore, repudiate and at all times discourage prac- 
tices (on the part of Baptists,) of frivolity ; or in other words civil mirtJi, 
falsely, so called ; whether in the form of gaming, dancing or playing 
at parties ; and hereby caution our Churches to beware of practices sd 
well calculated to amalgamate the Church with the world. 

Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution 
of the Minutes of this session, and have as many copies printed as the 
funds will procure, after deducting ten dollars for his services. 

Resolved, That the next meeting of this body will be held in con- 
formity to the arrangement of the union meeting, at Big Spring, 
commencing on Friday, before the 4th Sabbath in October next, (1857,) 
situate about 20 miles north of Shelby, N. C. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the house, be unanimously voted to 
the brethren and citizens in the vicinity of New Prospect Church, for 
their kind hospitality toward this Association during its session. 

On motion, — The Clerk read the record of business of the present 
session, which being approved, was ordered to be signed by the Modera- 
tor and attested by the Clerk. 

The Association then adjourned, to meet again at the time and place 
above stated. Prayer by Elder A. J. Cansler. 

THOMAS MCKSOISr, 31oderator. 

J.. R. Logan, Clerh. 


TU King's Mountain Baptist Association : to the GlurcUs in .nion: 
dress you this year on the ^^^eet of Repentance Jh^^ y^^^ .^ 


the primary test of our future ^^V^Z'H^^Xlore the Divine as- 

,^:^T^:^::^'^ - - — , of His ... 

^ We understand that there are two kinds of repentanee, andtheyare 

X::il :rre"r SatScal-tte other is false and delusive. Oneis 
untolife-the other is unto death conviction for 

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tance to salvation, not to be repented of. ^^"^ ^;~ I ,;U „„„. 

then, to say as David ^\'^^^SZZ:te%,^^ -, "I 
less my transgression unto to "^//'«™' ^^^* ^^ am no more worthy 

It^ uS Kf weSess our sins, God is faithful to forgrve our 
^lonversion frovn sin will -We «.eju to say w,^^^^^^^^ 

eighteen hundred years ago ; for we learn that he was ^« the voice of one 
crjing in the wilderness and saying — repent ye, and belieye the Gos- 
per' — Matt. 3 chap. And when they repented he baptised them. It is 
to be remembered that he baptised those only who brought forth fruits 
meet for repentance, and rejected all others. 

The next messenger we read of is the Lord Jesus Christ, and he was 
also from Heaven. So we find that they were the first two messengers, 
or preachers, in the new dispensation, and they both preached the same 
thing — saying to the people ^ ^repent ye, and believe the Gospel for the 
Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." 

This we understand to be the setting up of that Kingdom which Dan- 
iel speaks of — which is to he an everlasting Kingdom. (See Daniel 2nd 
chap. 44th verse.) So we find that this Kingdom was set up or estab- 
lished by those Heavenly messengers just mentioned. The laws and 
regulations fixed according to the determinate counsel and fore-knowl- 
edge of God, and after this Jesus called men of like passion with our- 
selves, and they preached that men should repent — and after his resur- 
rection he commissioned them saying : thus it is written — and thus it 
behooved Christ to sufi'er, and to rise from the dead the third day and 
that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name 
among all nations beginning at Jerusalem ; so we understand that it is 
through God's ministers and Church, that the gift of repentance is to 
be conveyed to the perishing nations of the earth, and with it the re- 
mission of sin, which will secure their eternal redemption. 

How careful then should every true minister be to obey the Divine 
injunction of his Master, when he says go ye, &g ; remembering that 
it is by this means the nations are to be given to the Son as an in- 
heritance, and the utmost parts of the Earth for a possession. But we 
fear there are too many who profess to be Ministers ; who are saying, 
let me first accomplish some wordly gain or carnal pleasure — as was said 
by some anciently — let me first go and bury my father and bid them fare- 
well at home. Such should remember that our Saviour permitted them 
not, but said, go thou and preach the Kingdom of God. 

Every Minister of Christ then should go impressed with the weight 
and worth of perishing souls, and say by their words and actions with 
Paul ; ^'wo is unto me if Ipreach not the Gospel" ; and it is not only the 
duty of God's Ministers to go and preach repentance toward God and 
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is the duty of the Churches to 
help them go. They should help them by their prayers, and by their means 
in every way they possibly can ; but instead of this, many who profess 
Christianity oppose the spread of the Gospel, which is the only means 
of life; but we hope the time is near at hand when every christian will 
have learned the great lesson that without faith it is impossible to please 
God — and begin to make the great inquiry, how shall sinners believe 
on Him of whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a 
preacher, and hov/ shall they preach except they be sent ? 


Vv'hen we make this inquiry as we should do ] we are led to concludej 
tliat it is just as necessary that messengers be sent to teach them the 
plan of Salvation now, as it was for John the Baptist to be sent from 
Heaven to preach Repentance in the wilderness of Judea — for in the 
language of the Eunuch how can they understand except some one 
teach them ; and again it has pleased Grod by the foolishness of preach- 
iiag to save them that believe. So we find that the Gospel is the only 
means of life to a lost world of sinners, and we do believe that every 
christain will say in eternity, glory be to God, for it was by its teaching 
that I was lead to repentance, and by its power I am saved. 

Let us then as christains shun every appearance of evil, and endeav- 
our to abound in every good work, that those around us may be con- 
strained to glorify God, that we may rejoice together in eternity. 

Repentance is incumbent upon all, for we hear it said by Paul, ^'the times 
of this ignorance God winked at, but - now commandeth all men every 
where to repent,^' &c. Acts 17 chap. 20 verse. This teaches us that 
all are sinners, and that without repentance not one can be saved -, for 
fe0w shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation — and again, with- 
out holiness no man can see the Lord in peace. 

So, dear brethren, we close our short letter by noticing the final des- 
tiay of those who reject the counsel of God against themselves, and cry 
peace, peace when there is no peace, as did those who contented themselves 
witli passing sentence against the eighteen upon whom the tower in Si- 
loam fell, that they were sinners above all others; but our Saviour said 
tO' them : <<I tell you nay, but except ye repent ye shall all likewise 
perish." So we find that all sinners must repent, or be inevitably lost. 

We would say with the poet, then, 

"Repent, tiie voice celestial cries. 

Nor longer dare delay — 
The wretch that scorns the mandate dies. 

And meets a fiery day." 

When God sent Jonah to preach to the Ninevites they repented in 
sack-cloth and ashes ; but when Jesus Christ stretches out his hand all 
the day long, and says repent and believe the Gospel that your sins 
may be blotted out — no man regards it, or at least, but few, and for 
this reason the men of Nineveh shall rise up at the judgment day with 
this generation, and shall condemn it, and why all this ? Because they 
repented at the preaching of Jonah, a mere man, and behold a greater 
than Jonas is here. 

Even the Lord of life and glory — and yet many regard him not— - 
for we hear him say, if I had not come and done among them the 
works which no other man ever did, they had not had sin — but now they 
have no cloak for their sin; so they are left without excuse, and it is 
written in their law, they hated me without a cause ; and we find that 
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso- 
ever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life ; and 


we learn that he sufferered and died, to make a propitiation for our sins, 
and not for ours only, but for the sin of the whole world, and this 
atonement is now offered to perishing sinners through the medium of 
the Grospel. And in this we find that Jesus Christ is interceding 
at the right hand of Grod for sinners, while his spirit is in the world 
pleading with them to repent. Saying, come for all things are now 
ready, and the Church is pleading by her prayers, and God's minister? 
are lifting up their voices like trumpets and saying, whosoever will, let 
him take the water of life freely — and Angels in Heaven are rejoicing 
OYer those that do repent; for we understand that there is more joy in 
the presence of the Angels of Grod over one sinner that repenteth^ than 
over ninety and nine just persons that need no repentance. 

And we learn that the rich man in hell plead for his five brethren, and 
desired that Lazarus be sent to warn them to repent ; but the answer 
was — they have Moses and the Prophets, if they hear not them, they 
will not be persuaded by any other means — even if one should arise from 
the dead. Oh I that every sinner may remember that this is the accept- 
ed time and day of salvation, and harden not their hearts, knowing of 
,a truth, that Grod is not slack concerning his promises, but his long suf- 
fering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should 
come to repentance. 

And finally, may every christian in our Associational union be led 
bj the great goodness of God, to repent of their sins, and serve him 
acceptably with reverence and Godly fear. 



The committee to whom was referred the re-districting this Associa- 
tion ; also the appointment of the union meeting, beg leave to submit the 
fallowing Report, to wit : — 

* We believe that as the Association is now divided, that the largest 
portion of our Churches are on the East side of first Broad River ; also 
the largest and of territory. Wherefore, we would advise that the 
Eastern Section be divided into two districts, and that the districts be 
thus arranged : First, All the Churches that belong or may hereafter be- 
long to this body East of the road leading to Morganton, via. Briggs' 
Store and H. Summitt's place, be known as the 1st district. That all 
the Churches between the aforesaid road and 1st Broad River, compose 
the 2ad district. 


That all the Churches West of said 1st Broad River, comprise the 
3rd. district. And your committee suggest the appointment of union 
meetings; First, at Thessalonica, commencing on Friday, before the 3rd 
Sabbath in July next. At Bethlehem, on Friday before the 2nd Sab- 
bath in August next. At High Shoal, on Friday before the 4th Sab- 
bath in August next. 

Respectfully submitted. 

A. J. GANSLER, Cliairman. 

The Association made the following appointments in conformity to 
previous usage. Elders R. P. Logan, T. Dickson, L. McSwain, J. 
Williams and A. A. McSwain, to attend the union meeting at Thessa- 

At Bethlehem : Elders L. McSwain, P. R. Elam, R. P. Logan, J. 
J. Jones, A. A. McSwain, J. Williams. 

At High Shoal: Elders G. W. Rollins, D. Panneil, W. McSwain, 
A. J. Cansler and T. Dickson. 

King's MoiLiitain Association in ape, to Elder R. P. Logan, Dr. 

To 61 days services as Missionary, at ^1 per day, $61 00 

Gr — By collections in the mission field, S22 95 

'' Cash paid by J. R. Logan, Treas'r 38 05 

861 -00 

J. R. Logan, Treas'r in ape. loitli King's 31. Association, Br. 

To fuuds^of last year, S53 87 

(Jr — By cash paid Elder R. P. Logan, 38 05 

Balance in haiKl of last years funds, $15 82 

To Free-will offerings- from Churclies, &c., viz : — 

New Bethel, $2 75 

Pleasant Hill, 1 50 

Big Spring, 1 00 

J. R. Logan, 5 00 $10 25 

Amount of collections on the Sabbath, 38 12-^- 

A friend of Missions, 25 

Whole amount of .Missionary fund now on hand, $64 44-2 


C. — The undersigned committee on Sabbath Schools, submit the 
following Eeport, to wit : — 

While many laudable and praiseworthy efforts are being made by the 
various denominations of Christians to propogate the Grospel of Christ ; 
we recognize and hail with heart-felt pleasure, the springing up of a 
judicious system of Sabbath Schools, under the fostering care of our 
Churches, as a measure of paramount importance to the cause of reli- 
gion and sound morality ; a measure not only destined, to diffuse bless- 
ings amongst the Churches, but also calculated to improve the future 
welfare of the State ; as, upon the rising generation properly cultivated, 
depends the future welfare of both. How necessary then, the adoption 
of a proper system of mental and moral trainings ? Let each parent 
composing the King's Mountain Association, have their minds properly 
impressed with the wise admonitions of one who through inspiration, 
said, ''train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he 
will not depart from it/' And again, <'bring up your children in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord/' What system so well adapted 
to this course of religious training as Sabbath Schools superintended by 
pious and judicious Christians ; with the Bible in their hands as a text 
book for the instruction of those who may be placed as pupils under 
their care and tuition ? 

Your committee, in view of the many fascinating allurements, so often 
brought to bear mischievously upon the morals of the young ; urge with 
greater earnestness, the propriety of at once adopting Sabbath Schools, 
as a preventative, hoping that those Churches which may have acted 
upon the previous recommendation of this body, may continue to perse- 
vere in the good work, while those which have neglected to do so, will 

give it, at least atrial. 

Respectfully submitted. 

*r. R. LOGrAN, Chairman. 


The committee appointed last year to visit High Shoal Church, for 
the purpose of enquiring relative to certain exceptionable expressions 
contained in her letter of correspondence. Report as follows, viz : — 

Agreeably to appointment of time and place, we met the Church at 
High Shoal, and having conferred together relative to the matter at is- 
sue — the Church and her Clerk, declared that they entertained no in- 
tention to cast reflections on the Association or any member thereof, by 
the expressions used, ^^render unto Ccesar the things that are Coisars,'* 
&c., that they heartily deprecate any inferences that may have been 
drawn therefrom, prejudicial to former fellowship and intercourse ; and 


ijope that a continuation of the same may subsist through all time ; 
which feeling was properly reciprocated on the part of your committee 
in behalf of the Association. 

Ilespectfully submitted. 

T. DICKSON, Chairmaii. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of engaging a Mis- 
sionary, and designating the field of his labors for the ensuing year, 
report, that in view of the great destitution existing in the Catawba Val- 
ley, and the great call just now in that locality for Baptist preaching; 
therefore, recommend the continuation of Missionary operations in that 
direction, and to accomplish this desirable state of things, your commit^ 
tee has conferred with your late employee. Elder R. P. Logan, and ob- 
tained his consent to devote three-fourths of his time at the rates of one 
doller per day, to that field, and that he preach monthly (on the Sab- 
bath,) to the Churches at Thessalonica, Corinth and Lebanon, and the 
rest of his time wheresoever h^ may be likely to do the greatest good. 
Your committee further recommend that Brother Logan be advised to 
take up public collections where he may think proper to do so, in aid 
of missions in that field ; and further, we would recommend the matter 
to the consideration of the several Churches composing this body, and 
that they do whatever may seem to them right and proper to do, in be- 
half of the ^^lissionary enterprise. All of which is respectfully submit- 
ted. D. SETZER, Chairman. 




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FRIDAY, Qmh&t 23, 1857, 

"The Association met, ^ccerding to adjoU'rnm.em-t'l'ast year, aiad the introductory 
Sermon was delivered by E4Mer G. W. Rolmns, from Phillipia'Rs^ 2nd Chapter, and 
-T)th verse. " Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Srsus." 

After a recess of twenty minutes, the Relegates oonven^ ia the house, and 
<after prayer by Elder J. Suttle, proceeded to b'jj^&ness. 

Brethren, J. W. Green, and R. E. Porter, wer« sel^ected by the l^Ioderator as 
Reading Clerks ; who read letters from all the Chwrdlies ia union, except one, and 
the state of each Was minutc(! by tli'e Clerks 

Elected Elder G. W. Rolliks, Moderator 5 weid BrOs J. R Logax, Clerk. 

Received from the Green River Associati<!)n., Elders A. J. Cansler, L McCurry, 
And Bros. W, W. Green and J-. W. Price, as cor!i>e3ponding Messengers with a 

From the Broad River, Elders J. S. EzeO^ 3B. Bonner andBro. Davis. Also, re- 
•ceived Elder L. M. Berry, Agent «f the Domestic and Indian Mission Board, of 
the Southern Baptist Conventi'on. 

From the Catawba River, Elder J. L. Clark, with a letter and Minutes. 

Appointed Brethren, J. Suttle, J. C. Lattimore, W. Moore, G. W. Rollins, J. R. 
Logan ; a Committee of arrangement, with instruction to report to-morrow 

The board th<en adjourned, until 10 ©''clock, A. M. tomorrow. Prayer by El« 
•der R. P. LogaBi-. 

SATURDAY, October 24. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Elder T. Dickson led in 

After a call of the roll of delegates, the Committee of arragement reported, 
and were discharged. 

Invited visiting Ministering Brethren to seats with the body and received El- 
der B. E. Rollins. 

Read the Constitution, Rules of Order and Abstract of principles. 

The following Committees were announced by the Moderater, to- wit : 

On Preaching during the Session. — R. McBrayer, A. Hamrick, J. Turner, to , 
act with the Deacons of Big Spring Church. 

On Union Meetings. — P. R. Elam, D. Setzer, L. McSwain. 

On Finance.— D. Pannell, J. W. Green, R. Porter. 

On Sabath Schools.— T. Dickson, R. P. Logan, R. T. Hoard. 

Appointed persons to write letters to sister A.-^sociations, and Messengers to 
bear the same, viz : 

Elder D. Pannell, to AA-rite to The Green Biocr, Elders T. Dickson, J,. Suttle, G. 
W. Rollins, D. Pannell, and Brothers J. W. Green, and G. M. Webb, Messengers. 

P'Jder T. Dickson, to Avrite to The Broad Rivn; Elders J. Suttle, R. Poston, T. 
Dickson, G. W. Rollins, R. P. Logan, D. Pannell, and Brothers J. M. Willians 
and J. R. Logan j\Iesscngcrs. 

Elder R. Poston, to AA^rritc to The Catawba River. Himself, A. Hildcrbran, J. 
J. Hicks, Messengers. 

Elder R. P. Logan, to Avrite to The Bethel. Elders L. McSAV'ain, M. McSAvain, 
P. R. Elam, Messengers. 

Read and adopted the Circular Letter, prepared by Elder A. J. Cansler. 

Elected Elder J. Suttle, to preach the S,ermon introductory to the next Ses- 
sion of this body, and Elder T. Dickson, alternate. 

Elected Elder R. P. Logan to Avrite a Circular Letter to the Churches in Union. 
Subject, *' Correlative duties of Ministers and Churches.^' 

Elected Elder J. S. Ezell to preach a Missionary Sernion on the Sabbath. — 
And Elders L. M. Berry, and A. J. Cansler to occupy the stand the balance of 
the time. 

On motion, — Elder R. P. Logan, Missionary in the CataA\'ba V.alley, reported: 
That since the last Session of this body, he had deA'otcd one hundred and thir- 
teen days to its service ; preached ninety-two sermons ; baptized ten persons ; 
traveled one thousand Arc hundred and thirty-one miles ; receiA'ed from Theso- 
lonica Church, $23,56; from Corinth, $12,00; from Lebanon, $8,25; from Long 
Creek, $5,00 ; public collection, $2,31|-. Making an aggregate of $51,121 

Whereupon, the Association Ordered : That the Treasurer pay over to him 
$63, 8*71. which sum being added to the amount collected by him, ($51,12J) 
makes the full amount of his claim $ljl4. Which Avas done. 

The Committee on Finance reported. That the Churches had sent up for print- 
ing Minutes, $37,50. 


Sandy Run Congregation, __---_ $2,25 

Double Spring Church, , - - 2,27|- 

Boiling Spring, "------. 1,80 

NcAV Bethel, '' - - 5,00 

fBeaverdam, "__.____ ^^20 

• Pleasant Hill, " _.__-.. i,65 

Big Spring, " - - 2,90 

NcAV Prospect, " - 8,70 

Bethleham, " 2,55 

Shelby, " 11,90 

Making, _ . - . _ . $40,02J 

On motion, — the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock, A. M. Monday morn- 
iqg. Prayer by Elder L. M. Berry. 

SUNDAY, October 25. 

►The Stand Avas occupied by those elected to preach, and the word of life was 
faithfully exhibited to an attentive congregation ; we hope wdth good effect. At 
the conclusion of the Missionarj^ Sermon a public collection was taken up for 
domestic Missions amounting to $14,38. 
' ' MONDAY, 9 O'clock, A. M. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Pr.oyer by the Moderator. 

Called the roll, and marked absentees. 

CHliod for the corresponding letters to Sister Associations, and received and 
•adopted ihe same. 

The Goniraittee on Sabbath Schools submitted the follo^ving report, viz : 
Your Comnnttec is j)lcased to learn, that at some of our Churches, Sabbath 
Schools have been established, and conducted with considerable success ; but, 
we are sorry to learn, that in many insto.nccs, they have been neglected by our 
Churches altogether. Wherever, and whenever they have been properly attend- 
ed, they have resulted in great good ; as they are excellent nurseries for the 
young. Yet. our children l\;ivc lost much moral training by our negligence in 
regard to Sabbatli Schools ; and wc would therefore, request our brethren in all 
Churches in onr bounds, to establish Schools, and that tliey attend especially to 
the rising generation, as upon them, in a great incasure depends the future well- 
fare of the Church of Christ. Respectfully submitted. 

T. DICKSON, Chairman. 

The Cora.niittee on Union Meetings ; reported their arrangement as follows, viz : 

Thejlmi Union Meeting, to be held at Pleasant Hill; commencing on Friday, 
before the 3rd Sabbath in July next. Elders tl. Porter, G. W. Rollins, L. Mc- 
Swain, D. Pannell and A. A. McSvvnlu to attend it. 

The second, to be held at "^V'airs Church ; commencing on Friday before the 
2nd Sabbath in August next. Elders D. Pannell, J. Suttle, T. Dickson to at- 
tend it. 

The third^io be held at Lc])anou Cliurcu, coiinviC!;<;ing on Friday before the 
4th Sabbath in August next. Elders U. P. Logan, T. JJickson, G. W. Rollins, 
K. Poston to attend it. 

Appointed Elder T. Dickson, J. R. Logan and J. C. Hoyle, a Missionary Board 
for tlie purpose of employing a suitable person to itiiierntc in the bounds of the 
Oatawba Valley, and expend in that behalf, sucii funds as may belong to the 
Association, contributed for that object. 

Ordered tliat the Clerk of this Body have as many copies of these Minutes 
printed and distributed amongst the Churches as the funds will pay for, after re- 
taining ten dollars for hia services. 

The following Resolutions were read and adopted : 

Resolved, That we advise the several Churches composing this Association, 
That, when they grant letters of dismission to any of their members to join 
other Churches, that thcj require tlic members so dismissed, to report him or 
herself, as the case may be, whenever so johncd, by having the certificate of the 
Clerk of tjiat Church reciving them, endorsed on the back of their letter, and re- 
turned to the Church granting the same ; which report shall be made 'withia six 
months from the date of the letter. And in default thereof; s;iid letter if not 
returned to the Church first granting it shall be null and void, and the individu- 
al holding the same shall no longer be a member in fellowship. 

Resolved, That we advise the Churches in our Union to adop;J the "Baptist 
Harmony" as a uniform Hymn book for their use in their religioxis worship. 

Resolved, That it is inconsistent with the faith of Baptists, to.'invite into our 
pulpits Fedobaptists, to exercise with us in religious worship in any way whatso- 
even Also, to receive persons into fellowship who have beei|. immersed by 
them, without hapiizivg them. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Body, be tendered to the, brethren and 
friends of Big Spring Church and vicinity, tor their kindness, in accommodating 
and entertaining us during our Session. 

Resolved, That the next session of this Association will convene at Olivet 
Meeting House, in Catawba County, N. C, near Sherill's Ford, on the Catawba 
River, commencing on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in October next, (1858.) 

On motion, — the Associotion adjourned unto the time and place above men- 
tioned. Prayer by Elder B. Bonner. 

G. W. ROLLINS. Moderator. 
J. R. Lo(:a.n. CuH. 


Th.', King's Mouniain Bapt'ist Association : To the Churches in Union. 

Dkar Brethren : In accordance with an Act, of our last annual meeting; we 
proceed to present you with this Circular Letter, on '■^The demgn of the Lord's 
Supper^ and the rightful recipients thereof ^ It is to be regretted that the signs of 
the times should ever indicate the expediency of presenting this subject to jour 
consideration ; because it is one that should not be held, as it is, in a controver- 
sial shape ; but since the necessity is laid upon us ; we desire to enter into its 
investigation, with all that alacrity which the love of revealed truth and supreme 
regard for Zion's King, and unyielding attachment to the order of His house 
are calculated to inspire. 

The Lord's Supper: To the point which first calls our attention. It is to 
commemorate the sufferings and death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
The ordinances of the gospel are but two, and they are full of import. Baptism 
alludes directly to the burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ • 
and the Lord's Supper, to his suflferings and death ; the first is enjoined upon all 
believers as soon as they find peace with God, in order that they may be admit- 
ted with the Church Militant, and when done n-st to be repeated; the latter is 
exclusively the privilege of the Church of Christ, there is no special number of 
times given, nor stated periods, when the Churches in their soverign capacities 
shall commemorate the sufferings of our Saviour ; " but as oft as you do it^ do it in re^ 
memberance of me.'" 

The next point of our subject, ^Ae rigldful recipients tlicreof. At first sight, it 
would lead us to infer that there are some, who arc habitually receiving this or- 
dinance that are not righifal recipients thereof. Not having space, nor a disposi- 
tion to go into a full detail of the objection we ns a denomination have to a 
mixed or open Communion ; we will satisfy ourselves for the present by present- 
ing who we believe the gospel recognizes as proper recipients thez'eof. We find 
that this ordinance was first instituted by Christ himself at Jerusalem, when 
they were eating the passovcr. " Jesus took bread and blessed it andhralce^ and 
gave it to the disciples, and said, Take eat, this is my body. And he took the cup and 
gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, drink ye all of it. For this is my blood of 
the New Testament, which is sited for many for tlie remission of sins." Here we have 
the institution of the gospel ordinance of the Lord's Supper ; and it is exclusive- 
ly a privilege of the baptized believers in Ciirist. Therefore in order to arrive with 
some certainty, af the rightful recipients thereof, we must determine who is prop- 
erly baptized, as 'all agree that no one is privileged to approach the table unless 
he is baptized. ' 

We hold that the only proper mode of baptism is by immersion. In explain- 
ing the original, from which our common English version of the Scriptures was 
translated, we find that there is but one word which has any direct allusion to the 
ordinance of baptism, — li'ni B^iptizo, which means dip or plunge; which has di- 
rect allusion to the burial and resurrection of Christ, of which baptism is a sym- 
bol. It is remarkably true that wherever or whenever the Avord baptizo occurs in 
the original text, and the contents has no reference to baptism by immersion, it 
is always translated dip or something of the same character ; but when it refer- 
red to the ordinance of baptism, we have the word baptizo, which is a Greek 
Avord with an English termination. 

We find that the ordinance of baptism was instituted as a religious ordinance 
by John the Baptist in the wilderness of Judea and Jerusalem. When "John 
did bapti/.e in the wilderness and preach the baptism of repentance for tlie re- 

mission of sias ; and there went out unto him all the Und of Juden. eonf«3£io^ 
their sins. " We infer from the reading of this passage of Scripture that Ghrisi 
was immersed in the rirv Jordan ; and God a^^roTed of that act, for ~ «iM ie 
cams ttnigktway up <nUtff tievaifr : md fo, tie hatnm* wov opatei tmfo tta, «W 
At; saw lie ^irit of God daemdatg like a 4o9e, m»dligMmff iqma Am,* tutdtoo, mvokt 
Jrom hemtM, Mjfm^^ I^uuaiy behced Mm m wiom lam mdl fleated. We have 
another forcible allnaon, to prore immersioat, is the onty christian b ap ti s m , in 
the case of the Bthiopianfionuch. *^ Tltem FiS^ epemed kit a^pmiht aad bfgam at 
thegame Ser^tnt, asdpreadud tmia kirn Jexm*, A»d at tkeywaU, am tkeir wwf, 
tkey caate wKto a ixrtam water, amdike&ameksnd *te, keniswaier, wkmt dotk kirn- 
dtrmetohebt^tisedf And PkOqf said, if tkambOkt^ vHk aU ikitu kemt, tkom 
wu^etL J»dkeansKtredamdsadd,I bdiatAatJeamsCkrifiistkeSmof (rod.— 
Ajadkneaamauhdike Chariot to stamd stiU; amd Ikey mmt doan mto tkewmUr, 
botk]^^amddkeBa»mdk,amdkebtptisedkim, Ami mkm Iketf were €om« ^ md 
rf tke water, ike ^a of tkc Lord camgkt aw^ 1^3^, tkat tke Santdk Mnm kim mo 
atorerandkejtemtoukis wm/r^oaxvuf.'* It ia strange to see and hear, how scnae 
of our Pedo-baptist brethren, attempt to get round this scripture, by saying if one 
was immersed both were, when any one with the slightest obsoration most see 
that Philip was the actor, and &eiSunuch was the object. 

As we have given yon a few illustrations, as well as the meaning of the wwd 
baptise, we now call your attention to the design of this ortUnance : which is 
fully illustrated in the following passage of scripture : 

" Know y : not> that so many of us as were baptized with Jesus Christ were hap- 
tixedinto his death. Therefore, we ai# burned with him by baptism into deadi, 
that like as Christ was wised up ftom the dead, by the glory of the Father, ctoh 
so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted to- 
gether in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resnr- 
reetion.'* Rom. 6-3-4-5. 

''Buried with him in Baptism, wherein al^o ye are risen with him through 
the faith of the operation of God, who baih raised him from the dead." Cohiss. 
3-13. In these verses the Apostle, does tvrice, describe baptism as effiectkig a 
burial, and resurrection, and such to be a continued representation of the burial 
and resurrection of Christ, our pattern and Lord, and this is realized only in 
immersion. We would call the attention of aU candid readers, to draw the con- 
trast between, immersion ; with this scriptural signification, and that«f sprink- 
ling and pouring. There can be no connection, between the two, not the sli^t- 
est ; whilst one is full of meaning and firaught with import ; the other is want- 
ingly simple and without the least spiritual signification. 

As baptism has this spiritual signification, no one should receive it, except be- 
lievers in Christ : those who have bee33i bom again, widch is fully elwridated by 
the following passages of scripture. 

" Tkere was a man sent from Qod, whose name wad John, the same came to 
bear witness of the light, tnat all men through Him might beliere." John 1-6-7. 

"For this is he thatwks spoken of by the Prophet Esais, saying the voice rf 
one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord,iuke his paths 
straight,'- Mat, 3-3. 

'• And many of the children of Isreal. shall he turn to the Lord their God. and he 
shall go before him. in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the 
Fathers to the duldien. and the disobed»nt to the wisdom of the just, to make 
ready a people prepared for the Lord. ' Luke 1-16-17. 

"Now the word of God came vmto John the son of Zecharias in the wilder- 
ness.' Luke. 3-12. 

*• In those days came John the Bi^ptist preaching in the wilderaess of Judea." 

Mat. 3-1. 

^' And he came into all the coitntry about Jordan, preaching the baptism of re-, 
pentaise, for the remission of sons." Lake. 3-3. 

•* And saying repent for the Kingdom f\f heaven is at hand. Math. 3-2 

"John preached the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel." Acts. 13-- 
24. " Saying unto the people that they should believe on him which should, 
come after him ; that is on Christ." Acts. 19-4. 

■ "And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent Priests and Levitestcr 
ask him, who art thou ? he confessed 1 am not the Christ. I am the voice of onje- 
crying in the wilderness, make striaght the way of the Lord ; and they asked him^ 
why baptizeth thou, if thou be not that Christ? John answered, I baptize with 
water, but there standeth one among you, who cometh after me, who is preferred 
before me that he should be manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing 
with water." John, 1-19-31. 

'' For God sent me to baptize wnth water." John, 1-33. 

" There went out to him, Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region around 
about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan confessing their sins." Math, 

" John did baptise in the wilderness, and preached the baptism of repentance, 
for the remissso^n of sins, and there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and 
they of Jerusalem, and were baptized of him, in the river Jordan, confessing: 
their sins." Mark. 1-4-5-v. 

" There came also publicans,, to be baptised, and said unto him,, master what 
shall we do ? and he said unto them,, exact no more than that which is appoint- 
ed you." Luke, 3-12-13. 

" But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees came to his baptism,. 
he said unto tnem, ! generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from 
the wrath to come. Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, and think 
not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our Father, for I say unto youy 
that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 1 indeed 
baptize you with water, unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is might- 
ier than I, whose shoes, I am not worthy to bear, he shall baptize you with the 
Holy Ghost, and with fire, whose fan is in his band, ond he will thoroughly 
purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner : but he will burn up the 
chaff with unquenchable fire." Math. 3 : ^ 12 v. 

As you will learn from the forcgoiug, John's mission was of divine origin, and 
the great object of his mission Avas to "prepare the way of the Lord." His- 
ministry was followed by the administration of the ordinance of baptism, of thode 
who repented of their sins ; and no one else ; as you will see by his rejection of 
the Pharisees and Sadducees. 

The coiimission of our blessed Savior, to his eleven apostles. " Go yo into 
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, &c." Mark. 16 : 15. Simi- 
lar to this is the commission as recorded b}'- Mathew and Luke. From which 
you will learn, that the apostles were required first to preach the gospel and 
those that believed the gospel were to be baptized, and no one else. 

On the day of Pentecost, when Peter preached they were pricked to the heart, 
and said unto Peter,, and the rest of the Apostles ; "Men and brethren what shall 
we do ?" Peter said,. " Repent and be baptized every one in the name of the 
" Holy Ghost." " Then they that gladly received his word were baptized." It 
appears that many on the day of Pentecost, were pricked to the heart, but no 
one, but those that gladly received his word were baptized. Sinners in their 
unregenerate state do not gladly receive the word. 

In the case of the Ethiopian Eunuch, he was required not only to have a change 
of heart, but to give a relation of the dealings of the spirit of God with his soul, 
before Philip, would baptize him ; " and he said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the 
son of God." Which is truly the breathings of all truly converted souls. In 
this case, we as a denomination have a precedent for requiring an experience of 
grace before baptism. How careful was Philip, and how careful should we be, 
in|receiving members in the church of Christ, 

The baptism of the Apostle Paul, gives another illustration of the gospel plan 
of receiving members. Saul, was on his way from Jerusalem to Damascus, and 
was convicted, and was taken into the city of Damascus, and there he stayed fo»" 
three days and nights, and Ananias was sent to him as an instrument in tho'^'indt; 

bf God. "And Anfinias went his way, and entered into the house, atid putting, 
his hands on him, said : '' Brother SaUl, the Lord, even Jesus that appeared unto 
thee, in the way, as thou earnest hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy 
sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." Acts 22 : 14. " And now why tar* 
riest thou, arise and be baptised, and wash away thy sins ; calling on th© 
name of the Lord. And immediately there fell from his eyes, as it had been 
scales.; and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." Acts 9 : 18. 
In this instance, we see him convicted and repenting, and receiviig sight and 
Ihcn being baptized. 

In the case of Lydia, we have another illustration, "And on the Sabbath 
we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was want to be made, and 
we sat down, and spake unto the women, which resorted thi^r. And a cer-^ 
tain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of a TtTyatira, which wor- 
shiped God, heard us : whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the 
things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, she besought 
us, saying : If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, coma unto my house 
and abide there. And she constrained us. And they (Paul and Silas) went out 
of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia; Acts, 16 ch. 13, 14, 15, y. — 
Lydia herself had a right to be baptized according to the order of the Gospel, 
being a believer. Of what did her household consist ? Of adults or infants ? — 
If it was composed of infants, Lydia had at this time, or lately a husband ; which 
is impossible ; for had she had a husband, she would not likely been in business. 
That she must have had infant children ; which is uncertain, because there are 
thousands of households, where there are no infants. That her children were ac- 
tually baptized ; which is incredible, for she was from. Thyatira, a distance of three 
hundred miles, on business. Therefore, we are led to the conclusion, that there 
ware no infants baptized, on that occasion, for We have no evidence that she had 
either husband or children. We are therefore led to conclude, that Lydia and 
her household, were all believers in Jesus, and were baptized as their saviour 

In the case of the Phillippian Jailor and his household, we have another proof of 
believers baptism ; also in the case of the baptism by Paul at Corinth. In a word 
we may say, such was the practice of the Apostles, in all the cases recorded ill 
the Acts of the Apostles. 

You will notice^ that in most, if not in all the Epistles written to the different 
Churches and to different individuals, that the Churches are addressed as he- 
lievers, In Paul's address to the Romans, he uses the following language. " 1*0 
all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be Saints, Grace to you, and peace 
from God our Fathe:?^ and the Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 1-7. To the Corinthi^ 
aTW,—" Paul called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, 
and Sosthenese, our brother. Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to 
them that are Sanctified, in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, with all that in every 
place called upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours." — • 
1 Cor. 1:12. 

To the^Ephesians. — '^ Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to the 
^am^Aj^hich are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus." — ^Eph. 1 : 1. 
^ 2mhe Phillijnans. — " Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ to all the 
Saints in Christ Jesus, which are at Phillippi, with the Bishops and Deacons." — 
$»hil. 1:1, 

To the Colassions. — Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and 
Timothy, our brother. To the Saints Sind faithful brethren, which are at Colosse," 
Col. 1 : 1, 2. 

You will se« in the above quotations, that the Apostles addressed the Church 
as a body of Saints, the same idea is carried out in all the Epistles, by Paul, 
James, Peter, John and Jude. 

It is remarkable to see the connection which the Gospel presents, a portion of 
which we have presented. John preached repentance and baptized those that 
did repent^nd Christ recognised such and taught his Apostles to " Go into all 
the world,^rst) preach, and he that believeth and is baptized, should be saved. 
This comprise s ^a t is called the first age of the New Testament. The Acts of 
tjj^postles, ^M^c^d, the second, and the Epistles the third. In all and every 
plBJ^(ftie Ne^^Testameut, we have the order of the Gospel, and the building of 
the cmiru>,pillTherefore we may say that the building must be erected out of 


*• Lively Stones," or it is no building at all. How strange it is to see, so many' 
intelligent, and apparently converted people, using their efi'orts, to thwart, and 
divert the Gospel plan of life and salvation, into something congenial with hu- 
man nature ; but the " Lord will be exalted in judgment, and sanctified in 

It is therefore evident that the church of our Lord Jesus Christ is composed of 
baptised (immersed) believers, and none else ; and that the lighful recipients of 
the Lord's, supper, are such as have repented of their sins, justified by faith, and 
having been baptized by iramersiou, upon a relation of the dealing of God's 
spirit with their souls. We may enlarge our christian feelings, and say, that we 
believe that members of the" different sects, are christians, but we have no scrip- 
tural authority for any concessions. For we are taught by Christ, if 3'ou love 
me, you will keep my commandments. It is argued that we place too much 
stress on baptism, that we make it a saving ordinance ; on this point we are 
falsely represented, for we do not hold baptism in this light, but on the contrary, . 
we adopt the idea of Peter, " that it is not the putting away of the filth of the 
flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God." We have no authori- 
ty from God's word to recognize any person as a christian, unless they come out 
from the world, and take upon themselves the yoke of the church, and God will 
give them the answer of a good conscience. How can any one have the answer 
of a good conscience, who lives knowingly in violation of the word and will of 
God ? 

Dear Brethren : God has committed to us the advancement, of his kingdom, 
aided by the spirit; and he has given to us commandments, and whenever they 
are performed, he gives us " the answer of a good conscience.'' We have the re- 
vealed will of God, to confirm us, that we are progressing in doctrines and ordi- 
nances, which he requires. We have a great battle to fight ; but if we are his 
children we will come out more than conqurors. Let us therefore, " earnestly 
contend for the faith once delivered to the saints." Let us not be carried away 
by every whim of doctrine. You are aware that the church is compared " to a 
city set upon a hill that cannot be hid," ''that it is the light of the world, and 
the salt of the earth," for Christ says " my kingdom is not of this world." Should 
we not look around us, and see, if we really, individually, have been bought with 
a price, whether we are letting our light shine, as a city set upon a hill, or wheth- 
er we are as salt that has lost its savor. When we view the great responsibili- 
ty we are under to God, the great work that is committed to our care, should 
■we not look around us, and see whether we are not communing with some who 
are not " the rightful recipients thereof;" have we not some among us who are 
stumbling blocks to the progress of Zions car ? " If we live in the spirit, let us 
walk in the spirit." Have we not some who are walking in darkness rather than 
in the bright blaze of the spirit of God. 

We should carefully examine our own number, and see whether, we have any 
among us, who are not the rightful recipients of the Lords Supper. All who 
claim membership in our church, have made a profession of faith, and have been 
baptized ; yet we find from the days of Christ, until now, t hat there have been 
some in the pales of the church militant that were not, and are not rightful re- 
cipients thereof, from the fact, that they (it is feared) have taken the shadow for 
the substance, that is, they have professed, without being in possession of the 
one thing needful, which is proven by their conduct. The works of the spirit of 
light, and the spirit of darkness, are contrary one to the other. Paul in his E- 
pistle to the Galatians, fully points out the works of the two spirits. " The fruit 
of the spirit {of light) is love, joy ^ peace, long suffering, gentleness, /^^ht%ess, faith, 
meekness, temperance, agmnst such there is no laic." " The wor/fAqf "/^: fxsh are 
manifest^ which are these — adultry, fornication, uncleanliness, lac i{ou6 .s ,. idolairy, 
witchcrafty hatred Variance emulation, wrath, strife, seditions he->-esies, tP.Mngs, mur- 
ders, drunhneas, reviling and such like." It is easy to tell who a -e led uy the upL^it 
and who are under the reigning power of sin. It is a gra .fyij|j|||| -t, -ihat i». o\\t 
churches, that most of these works of the flesh, are behek 'la^lpj opiijji.gjjjj^ 
yet it is mortyfying to think that whilst we hold that 1 our 4j^^ j%' cml 
recipient of the Lord's Supper, who commits most of these \,au^' of rk- 
ness, we are found, in some quarters to hold and commune Avith tbobe ■r:ho are 
"^•^'tjifilly in drunkenesSj which is oue of the fruits of the spirit of darknness. Is 




At jls Seventh Anni'il Session, 




OcToBBR 22nd 1858, and dat« F0T,Lptn2C#. 


Friday, Oct. 22, 1858. 

The Introductory Sermon Avas dc'iivered by Elder Jas. Suttle, from 16th 
chapter of John, and part of the 3Sth verse; "What is truth." When after a 
recess of 20 minutes, the Delegates from tile Chttrches re-assenlbled in the 
Meeting-house, and solemn prayer was offered by the Moderator. 

A call was then made on the churches frmtheir correspondence, when let- 
ters were handed in frOm all the churches in union, except two, which were 
i'ead. and accounts minuted. 

In consequence of a difficulty having be en communicated, as existing in the 
church at Shellby, the letter, and delegates from said church, were therefore 
rejected by a vote of the Body, until the same shall be amicably adjusted by 
said church. 

The Association then proceeded to ballot for a Moderator and Clerk, 
When Elder G. W, Rollins was duly elected Moderator, and brother J. W. 
Green, Clerk, 

Called for correspondence from sister Associations, and received from 
Green Kiver, a letter. From Broad River a letter and Minutes, and Elder 
Wa'le Hill, and Bro. D. Ray messengers. From the CataAvba River, a letter, 
and Elders J. C. Clark, T. J. Hamilton and brother J. Br umfield, messengers". 
From the Taylorsville, a letter, and Elder J. Oxford, messenger. 

Invited visiting ministers, not delegates, to sertts with us, and received El- 
der E. Dodson, Agent for the Board of Foreign Missions; and Elder L. M. 
Berry, Agent for Domestic and Indian Missions. 

Appointed brethren) J. Suttle, H, H;v'i'illj J' R. Logan, G W, Rollins, and 
J. W. Green, a commttee of arrangement, with instructions to report on to 
morrow morning, ' * 

On Motion — A djourncd until to-m(?0'ow 10 o'clock, A. M. Prayer by 
Elder W: Hill. 

2 I 

SATURDAY, OcY. 2u-. • 

The Association raet according to adjournment. 

Prayer by Elder R. P. Logan. 

Called the roll of Delegates. 

On motion, the Committee of Arrangement reported, and wasdischagcd. 

Appointed brethren J. Turner, J. G. Iloyle and W. B. Lovelace, with the' 
BMership of Olivet Church, a Committee on preaching. 

On motion, Read the Constitution, Rules of Decorum, and Abstract of 

The Moderator announced the following Committees, viz: 

On Union Meetings, brethroi: J. C. Latimore, J. M. Ro'derick, & P R Elam . 

On Finance, Brethren J. A. Roberts, A. A. McSwain, and Wm. Moore. 

On Sabbath Schools, Brethren R.Poston, J. R. Logan, and G M. Web 

On Correspondence, Brethren F. S.Ramsour, J. J. Jones, andW H 

On Periodicals, Brethren J. Suttle^J. C. Latimore, and J. R. Lo^an 

Called for Circular Letter, when Elder R. P. Logan (the person app 
ed to write,) said that he had not prepared any, and ofiered reasons"! 
were satisfactory. 

On motion, the Clerk was ordered to have Constitution, Rules of 
rum, and Abstract of Principles of this Association, inserted in the Minutes 
of. this session. 

Elected Elder G. W. Rollins to preach the Intoductory Sermon to the 
nest Association; Elder R. Poston, his alternate. 

Elected Elder J. Suttle to write a Circular Letter to the churches in union; 
and his subjet be "Prayer," and especially that of Family Prayer. 

Elected Elders L. M. Berry, ^N . Hill, and G. W. Rollins, to preach to-mor- 
row in the order of their names; Eider W. Hill to preach on the subject of 

On motion, appointed J. J. Jones, A. Holt, F. S. Ramsouf, and J. Mocre, 
a committee of enquiry, to visit the Broad Ri||||^[|urch, and ascertain, if 

possible, the reason why they|i|i|,jfiot,no.yfia|^^PIi^revrei«critcd for'sevcr- 
iil yeai'rf^fmS'Bofi}*. r^vo"^^ at lip next session. 

{Jii motion, the Board, appoihted last year to emploj^ a Missionary to ride 
in the Catwba Valley, reported that they have failed to employ any person; 
and that they have now on hand, the sum of $51, 40, which was paid over 
into the ha.nds of the Clerk, and the Board discharged. 

A motion, for this Boay to become auxiliary to the Western Conventio2y 
was lost by a vote of the Association. 

On motion, a subscription was taken up for Missionary purposes in the 
Catawba Valley, when the amount of SlOl, was subscribed. See Appendix, A- 

On motion, continued the subject of Missions until Monday, next. 

On motion, adjourned until Monday, 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Elder R. Poston led in prajer. Benediction by Elder W. Hill. 

. Sunday, Oct. 2-1 tli. 
The woid cvf life was faitlifully oxhibited,bythoseappoiiited to preach, witli 
apparent good effect. Imniedialely after the sermon on Missions by Elder 
W-. Hill, a public collection was taken up, amounting to $22,23. 

Monday, Oct. 25. 

The A.^nsociation met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Moderator. 

On motion, tlie (Jommitt'ee on Fhiance reported $39,60, sent up for Min- 
utes, and was discharged. 

On motion; the Committee on Sabbath Schools reported, and was dis- 
charged. See Appendix, B- 

On motion, tli Committee on Correspondence reported , and was (discharged- 
See Appendix, C- 

On motion, the Committee on Periodicals reported, and was discharged. 
See Appenpix, J). 

On motion . the Coiaimittee on Union Meetings reportied as follows, viz : 
The first to be held at High Shaol Meeting House, embracing the -1th 

:X,ord'sday in July, 1859. Elders, W. M'Swaia, G. W. Rollins, Jas. Suttla, 
.and J. J. Jones, to attend it, by appointment. 

The 2d to be held at Mt. Sinai M. H., embracing' the 3rd Lord's day in Au- 
gust, 1859. Elders 11. P. Logan, II. Poston. and A. A, M'Swain, appointed 
;to attend it. 

The 3d to be held at Corinth, embracing the 1st Lord's day in Sept. 1859. 
Elders Q. W. Rollins, J, Suttle, R. Poston, J. M. V/iiliams, appointed to at- 
tend it. 

On motion, took up unfinished business. On Missions; after some dis- 
cussion and consultation as to the manner of operating, there was a motion 
-for the Mo<le^^tor to appoint a board of five, whose duty it shall be toem- 
^ploy a Missionary or Missionaries, with such means as may come to their 
Jiands, to labor in the Catawba Valley. in such manner as may be considered 
"A(^r|sidvantagous to those interested, and the advancement of the Redeem-'^Kiiigdom, The motion being agreed to, the Moderator proceeded to ap- 
point brethren J. C. Latimorc, H. Harrill, J. W, Green, W. B. Stroud, and 
B. JaLoveliice, to act as the aforesaid Board. 

E^ers L. M. Berry and E. Dodson, by permission, presented their claims 
iipon this Association as Agents of their diflferent departments. 

On motion, granted the request of Pleasant Hill church, that the next 
King's Mountain Association beheld at their Meeting House, 5 1-2 miles S. 
E. of Shelby, N. C, to commence Friday before the 4th Lord's day in October 

The name of Louis Sparks and wile Sarah are reported by Sa,ndy Run 
rChurch, as excluded members holding letters of dismission, and refusing to 
return them to the church where granted, when so required. Baptist church- 
es will therefore not receive their letters of dismission. 

Resolved, That thi s_.As sociation is greatly pained at hearing of the re- 
cent misfortune of EldeJBfc||tr Graves of the Tenn. Baptist, in the shape of 
charges, which, from tke^^ature,>' v,e c;;n ^^ly rrgaiYl as emanating from an 
evil and malicious persecuting spirit on tlie part of his personal eneiiiies; w«J 
therefore, as .a body, tender to our Brother our condolence and sympathy, 
and hope that he maybe preserved and continued, under the providence of 
God, in his course of great usfulness to the cause of truth,, in which he has 
so long been engaged. 

Resolved, That the several, churches composing this Body, be requested 
to send up their free-will offering to the next session of this Association; to 
aid in the support of the Mission, now under the patronage of the King's 
Mountain Association. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Body, be tendered to the brethren and 
friends in the vicinity of Olivet Churcli, for the kindness and hospitality, 
manifested by them, in the accomodation of the Delegates composing this 

Resolved, That the Clerk have as many copies of the Minutes printed, 
,as the funds on hand will pay for, alter retaining 1^.10,00 for his services. 
On motion, read and adopted the Minutes of this Session. 
On motion, adjourned to the time and place appointed. 
Prayer by Elder A. A. McSwain. 

G. W. ROLLINS, Mod. 
J. W. Green, Cl'k. ^ 


FOE MISSIONS.— J. Suttle, S5,00; J. W.Green, 5,00; R. P. Logan, 5,00; 
J. R. Logan, 5,00; J. Latimore, 5^00; G. W. Rollins, 5,00; P. R. Elam, 5,00- 
R. Poston, 5,00: V. H.Elliotte, paid 5,00; I. F. \Villson,pa d 5,00; G. M. WeW 
2,00; Wade Hill, 3,00: A. A. M'Swain, 2,00; S. H. Elliotte, 2,00j J. A. Roberts 
2. 00; D. Durham. 2,00; A . Goodson, 2,00; ii.U. Patterson, paid 2,00- J. W 

MurrAT, 2,00; J. Dnvis, 2,00; E. J. Hamilton, 2,00; F. S. RArnso;ar. paid 2,00; 
S. Willson, paid 2,00; R. E. Porter, paid 2,00, J. Moore, 2,00; J. M. Williams, ^ 
paid 2,00; J. M. Roderick, 2,00; D. U. Cochran, 2,00; J. Poston, 2,00; M. T. 
Clark, 1,00; W. Moore, 2,00; W. H. Green, 1,00; T. W Love, 2,00; D. Ray, 
paid 1,00; W. Stroud, 2,00; H. Padgett, 1,00; W. B. Lovelace, paid 1,00; L W. 
Moore, 1,00. 


The Committee on Sabbath Schools having had the matter under consid- 
eration submit the following report, ss: 

That Sabbath Schools, if properly managed, may well be called the "Nurs- 
ery of the church, wherein the rising generation — the youth of the country, 
are to be trained for usefulness, no one will hesitate to admit; and that great, • 
and we may hope permanent good in a moral and religious aspect lias resjiked^ 
therefrom already, none will, in this enlightened age presume to deny, ^our 
Committee therefore, in view of these things, seeing the untirir/g and pefse^ 
yering efforts, that are being made by other denominations, to educate and 
proselyte the young people of the coutry into what we conceive to^be a cAirsfe 
of error as it regards some of the fundamental principals of the GospelWknd 
ordinances of the house of God, do therefore the more strenuously uirge our 
churches to awake from their lethargy, and contend earnestly for the true 
fajtli as once delivered to the saints; and as an instrumentality in this behalf 
we'farther urge upon the attention of the Association the importance of ad- 
vising the several churches in union, to continue the schools already estab- 
lished, and where not established that they may be immediately set on foot; 
and that parents and heads of families give the same their attention and pat- 
ronage, watching strictly over the moral and religious-departments; and that 
the several churches hereafter report to this Body the condition and progress 
of the Schools in the Associational bounds, 
llespcctfully submitted, 

^,^^. LOGAN,) 
"^^Pll. AVEBB, } Com. 
Ji. POSTON, ) 


'The Kin£[''s Mountain Baptist Association, to her sjster Associations, with 
whom she corresponds, viz; Green River, Broad Riyer, Ca.tawba River, Beth 
el, and Taylorsville Associations, sendeth christian salutations: — Dear Breth- 
ren, throu^'h the kind providence of God, we have again been permitted to 
meet in an Associational capacity, in which we h;xve been f)ivored with near- 
ly a full representation from all the churches in our union. Some of which 
convey to us the glad tidings of gracious revivals of religion, as a conse- 
quence of which a consid.erable acccession has been made to our number. 

During the present Session our business has been transacted in a chistian 
spirit. The Word of eternal Truth has been faithfully exhibited to {]in atten- 
tive congregation, and we hope that the cfibrt of the session will prove a bless- 
ing to the section of coutry where it has been dispensed. 

Correspondence from your several Bodies has been received, as stated in 
the Minutes of our Session, which was reciprocated by us, and duly appreciated 

Our next Session will be held with the Church at Pleasant Hill, 5 1-2 miles 
S. E. of Shelby, N. C. at the usual time, tmbracing 4th Lord's day in Oct. '59. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J.. I. JONES, Chairman. 

P. S. Appointed to go as Messengers to Associations, with which we cor- 
respon(;I, viz; To Green River, Elaers J. Suttle, G. W. Rollins, A. A. M'Swain 
J, M. Williams, and Brqthren H. Padgett, G. M. AVebb. J. R. Logan, and J. 
W. Green. 

To Broad River, Elders J. Siittle, R. Poston, and A. A. M'Swain. 

To Catawba River, Elders M. WiUiams, and Bro. J. M. Roderick. 

To Bethel, Elders J. J. Jones, A. A. M'Swain, and P. R. Elam, 

To Taylorsville, Elders G. W. Rollins, J. J. Jones, and P. R. Elam, whom 
^6 hope you will receive in the Lord; and not i. eglect, or fail to come and 
eee us at our next Session. 


J^ W. Gbben'^ Ci.'k. 


The Committoo on religious Periodicals, in the discharg-c of tlicir duty, sub- 
mit the following report : Believing that a, great deal of good is realized by 
the Churches from tlie circulation, andi)erusal of religious journals, contain- 
ing able and well written essays in defense of the true faitli of Baptists; and 
also, containing valuable statistics of the progress of Churches and Associ- 
ations, etc., etc.; your committee w^ould, tberefore, commend to your atten- 
tion, and that of the brethren generally, jn the bounds of the Association, 
"The Biblical Recorder," a weekly journal, by Elder J. J. James, in the city 
of Raleigh, N. C— Terms $2,00, per year. Said paper is ably conducted, and 
is well adapted, from its locality, to supply the wants of the denomination as 
their organ for the State. Your committee would also commend to your no- 
tice "The Carolina Baptist," by Prof. VV. A. G. Brown, Hendersonville, N C, 
Terms $1,50, per year. "The Home & Foreign Journal," Richmond, Va., — 
Terms 25 cts, — a monthly paper. Also, "The Tennessee Baptist," by Elder 
J. R. Graves & Co., Nashville, Teun., — Terms $2,00, per year. The latter is 
a weekly journal; an able, energetic, and enterprising coucei-n , deserving pat- 
ronage and encouragment by Baptists' generally. " 'J'he Southern Bajttist 
Review," by Elders Graves, Pendleton ,cSf. Crawford, Nashville, Teun.; at $2,00 
per year; is a Quarterlj'^ periodica], of sterling merit, and dc serves patronag-e 
by our denomination every wliere. In view of the great amount of edification 
to the brethren, that may be derived from the perusal of the forgoing i)eriod- 
icals, or journals, your committe would, therelore, indulge the hope that, the 
same may receive their attention and patroiiage. 

Respectfully, J. R. LOGAN, Chm'n 

Conslitiition of tlie •King's Moiiiitoiii Association. 

We, the united Baptist Churches of Jesus Christ, located in North and South 
Carolina, having obtained letters of dismission from the Br<.)ad River Baptist 
Association, and havin.-'ij ijLbeen ba})tized upon a profession of faith iu (Jhrist, 
are desirous of reciproc..."<iniou : Vv'e, there/ore, propose to maintain the Or- 
der and Rules of an Association, according to the following system : 

1. The Association shall be fornied ot members elected by tiie different 
Churches in our union ;who, ou producing certificates from their respective 
Churches, in support of their election, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2. Tiie members thus chosen and convened, shall be known by the name of 
the King's Mountain Association. 

3. The Association thus organized, sliall elect by ballot, a Moderator and 
Clerk, both of whom shall be re})resentatives of some one of the Churches in 
union, and when so elected, shall hold their offices for one year. 

4 This body shall have no coercive power to "lord it over God's heritage," 
or to infringe on any of the internal rights of the Churches in union, (while 
they remain orderly;) but shall only act as an advisory council in all matters 
respecting their internal concerns : Nevertheless, it becomes necessary to es- 
tablish some uniform rules of proceeding, in order to foste. and maintain un- 
ion and christian fellowship. 

5. When offences committed by one Church against another may occur, it 
shall be the duty of the offended Church to labor with the otfendor for satis- 
faction, and in case of failure to obtain redress, then call in the aid of one 
or two other Churches in union, to assist in the labor of reconciliation and if 
satisfaction (in the opinion of the helps thus called in) can not be obtained, 
then the aggrieved Church may bring the case before the Association, wlio 
arc bound to act on it. 

6. Also, Avhen a serious difference may arise in an individual Church, 
which the members <herof cannot reconcile, they shall call in the assistance 
of one or two more Churches in the union to assist in the work: and if satis- 
faction (in the opinion of the helps) is not obtained, the case may be brought 
before the Association, who shall take it up and act u})on it. 

7. And should an individual member or members be excluded from any 
Church in our union, if he, she or they, after maturely considering their own 
conduct, and the act of the Church, shall feel themselves aggrieved, they 
appeal to the Church for a new hearing, and if there cannot be a reconcilia- 
tion obtained, the Church may call in the aid of one or two si'oter Churches; 

:vnnil, if ill tli;- oi'iiiitui offtlic heljvs thus called in, tlie member or momboF« 
Iiavc l)->(Mi uiijiistly exclucled, the case may come before the Association to be 
acted (Hi: j)i-o\ i^ud, always, in all ca^es (m ;^! '■ •'s, reference lias been liad 
to the 18t!i (•iia.;>. ui'ilie (Josjm-I hy 6l ;\la,i,ic\\ , .mhI other Scriptures' which 
rt'specls disfipiiiK", I');- tiio bii;j;;iii';- lo ti'ialand (Uitermining on all cases 
.of i^i'iovaiiec^; a!ii! il:e A:-syv'. • :[.:\] will lait {;MU' 11 [) any case of the above 
kind, uuIcNs \\\c ;■.)■.(. w pre- < ■' ■■ ■ b;i\e b;" i! [;rcviuus!y had thereon. 

8. Lwry ("ourc'i in il; ',\; ;', -:.;.'i;)ii;';Nhi[) not exceeding 50 in 
number, siiai! be ;.n!;ili'-J. > .iia! v. ;■ m; cwu Delegates in the Associa- 
tion, and wlien i',i"ii- a,LiM,> ■ : , 1.1)0 .aembers, aiid does not exceed 150, 
Ihey shai! \>v .urbi-u lo b.^ , ,;bes, wijeu over 150 and not exceeding 
liUO, {'our Dele-ate.s. 

9. The DcU^gates thus chosen and sent, are to bo recommended to tlie As- 
sociation by letter iVoin the Churches by wliom they are sent, which shall be 
expressive of their fellowshi}), also the nuniber of those bai)tized, received 
cby letter, dismissed, excommunicated, n.nd the number deceased since the 
.last Association, and the total number in (bib ■■', bii>. 

10. Churches producing letters of disnvis ;i( ii iVoiii other Associations, and 
by p^'tiiiouin;'.^,-, and also new!} ecn.stitibed Cbiirrhes, who shall, upon ex<?mi- 
iiaiion, b.' ibu.-.d orthodox a,ud orderly, by p-t itioning by letter and delega- 
tion, may be received into this ueioi), aial tbv- saiiie I'e manii'ested by the 
Modei-ator, giving them tb.e ri-ht hand in t<,lce;! <^r Ibbiowsliiip. 

11. 'rbe Association sl.'al] l;a\e j^ower to exeb.ide any Cliurch from this 
union, wlu) shall depart from {\\o (;i'ihO(.lox prin.eiples of ihe Gospel. 

12. The Association sliall endeavor to furnish the Churches with the Min- 
utes of their proceedings, and to enable it to do no, each Church shall here- 
.quired to contribute such sums as.may be proper and necessary. 

18. Every (iuery sent by ^ Church, who ha's labored on it and fails within 
.herself in getting a satisfactory decision on it, shall be taken up by the As- 
.sociation, ami not otherwise. 

14. Any Church in our union having a raemb^^^^ssessed with preaching 
talents, wiio is a candidate tor tl^j.^ Ministry, ni-i^i^ite brethren from ope, 
two, or more bister Chur<dies, the aid of tlieir Minister and other members, 
who in conjunction with the Church shall examine tiie candidate; and if deem- 
ed qualified, may license him to [)reach tlie (iospel among the Churches at 
discretion, whieh shall be reported to t!ie Association and entered on the Min- 

15. Any Church having a lice.n.sed preacher whom they deem worthy of cre- 
dentials, shall call a presbytery of Ministers of our union to othciate; and a 
presbytery thus called in, shall in all cases of ordinations, both of Ministers 
and Deacons, and the Constitution of Churches, be regulated by the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ,. 

Kb Tlie Association shiiU not adjourn until they have gone through the bu- 
siness regularly bronght belbre tiieni, except in extraordinary cases; but u.o 
act of the body shall go into operation imtil tlie close of the session. 

17. Tiie Minutes of the Association shall be read and corrected, (if nefid 
be) and signed by the Moderator, and attested by the Clerk, before the AssO' 
elation rises. 

18. The Association shall, in all cases, be governed by a majority of the 
members present. 

19. Voting shall be confined exclusively to the body, in all acts respecting 
their interna.1 concerns; but the Association may admit any ot the distant 
brethren in the ministry as assistants, who nuvy be present at the time of 
their sitting. 

20. The Association when convened, sjiall be governed by a regular and 
pror er decorum, which they are authorized to tbrm for themselves. 

'Zi. No alteration or amendment shall be made to the Constitution, unless 
the same be concurred in by a majority of the members present, in twosuc- 
< cstii'/e Associations. 

Rules of Dcconiiii. 

1. Th3 Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. Th'i xModerjrtor shall be deemed a judge of order, and shall have aright 
io call t'a order at anv time: also it shall be his duty to see that the llules of 

l^cconlni ;irc attended to .to take' ilicopinion oflhe Associiition ou all (luos-' 
tOTtrj prf'perly brought b.-fore the Uody. 

3. Any member not salisi'lod with his decision on any point of order, may 
appeal to the Association on tLe same day tlio decision is made, but at no 
ether time. 

4. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a regular record of the trans-- 
actions of the Association. 

5. But one person shall spejik at a time; and he siiall rise to his feet ar^l 
obtain leave of tlie .Moderator, and \vlien he has done speaking he slniU sit 
down, and shall not sjicak more than twice on the same (piestiou, nor more 
than twenty minutes at one time, unless In; ol:tain L.>;ne of tlic A!«sociation. 

6. The Moderator, when aihlressod for ]ca\ c of speech, sliall signify the 
same by naming of tlicm or ot'jerwise. 

7. No member sl)all bo interrupted while si)eaking, unless he depart from 
the subject on hand, or use words of personal reil.eCL!on: or with a view of 
calling to order for some particular purpose. Any motion nn-i,de and second- 
ed, shall come under the consideration of the Association, (Except withdrawn 
by him who made it. 

8. Every^ case taken up by the Association, shall be first decided upon, be- 
fore another is otfered. 

9. When any thing is taken up by the Associa,tion, nfrer ,-),] owing time for 
the debate, the Moderator sl)all i)ut the (jueslion; i^.iid tj-ose in tavoi- of the 
thing proposed shaJl lise to their feet, a.nd those Oi)[»osed to it keep their seats: 
t'he Moderator shall procure the decision bei'ore the standers take ther seats. 

10. No person sliall d(']i;irtth<3 sei'vice of the Association without leave. 

11. The appellation of broiher sliaJl be used in our address to each other. 

12. The names of the inAiMhers shall be c.-dled as otten as necessary. 

13. No member shall be indvilged in any practice that has a tendency to- 
interrupt in the time of a public speech, or any otlier practice that would 
dishonor the Association. 

1-1. The Moderator shaJ! be entitled to the same privilege of speech as any 
other nieird^er, p'rovided " ppolsits some other member to his seat while he 
is .'speaking, but shall not vjte unless the AssociaLi'm be equally divided; 
then he shall give the casting vote. 

15. Any persoii breaking these iiules of Decorum, shall be repi'oved at the 
discretion of the Association, but only on the day tlie breach is made, 

i.listnict of Prill eipie.^. 

1. We believe in one only true and living God, the Father, Son and Holy' 
0-host, three in one. 

2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old nnd New Testaments are the ■ 
Word of God, and the true rule of faith and [)r;ictice. 

.3. We believe in the docti'ine of original sin. 

4. We be'ievein man's iuipotency to recover himself from the fallen state 
be is in by nature, by his ow,n tree vrill and holiness. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of Elecllojt, through sanctilication oftlie" 
Spirit, and belief of tlio truth. 

6. We believe that sinnei-s are justified in tdte sight of God, only-bytho mer- 
its of Jesus Christ. 

7. We believe the Saints shall persevere in g!"ace, and iiot finally fall away. 

8. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of Jesus'-- 
Christ, and that true believers are the only proper subjects; and conscien- 
tiously do believe llie true mode is immersion. 

9. We bel.eve in the resurrection of the dead, and general judgnier'', 

10. y>^e believe that the joys of the righteous, and the punishment of the 
wicked will bo eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has a right to the administration of the or- 
dinances, only such as has been called of God, as was Aaron, and regularly 
baptizi;d and approved of by the Church, and come under the imposUion of 
bands by the Presbyteiy. ^^^ 

12. We believe that none but believers have a right to the ordinaticos of- 
Baptism and the Lord's Sup[>er. 

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OCTOBUE 21, 1859, 




■ . 1859. 




jHV proceedings. 

'«ftti«„co„Jf,''*^' '''"»'«'• 2U859. 

-suffered TornrL!"""™ '""•™"'» 'v«e yo olled"'?.'^^"" ^"^ ^"^''^ 
The Associa ion 2 had".'-^'""^'^ '"^t '^e^ol d foifo''™"''' Christ .S 

^ .Opened a way for the recnV . ^'"^^"^^ ^"i'>- 

O" ^^r?P^R^ TnZ%'^-K^ towa. 

-- «,e.„ 0,,,,^, : 7 '" ''^-~'- -^.- ^. ..e Mode.. 

n Ujio,, MLilTmZTl" '^" """ounced by the 5W . 

on..,......,.,, .Me.P " ""' """"•""■ 

Called for the Cipcn, r ^^'"' ^- ^""^'"^ »• 

F/ "-fle stand on Uie Sabbath. ' -"'^^^ -^' M. Berry and W. 

Agreed to take up a public collection for Missionary purposes, at the con- 
clusion of Elder W. Hill's discourse. 

Agreed to adopt the practice of electing a minister to preach a missionary 
sermon at the succeeding annual meetings of the Association. Whereupon 
a ballot was had, which resulted in the choice of Elder J. Suttle,for the ses- 
sion of 1860. 

The Committee of Enquiry sent to Broad River church last year , reported 
In substance, that they had visited said church agreeably to their appoint • 
ment, and found the same destitute of male members; and owing to this fact, 
they ha'.ve not been represented in the Association for several sessions. That 
at their instance, a Presbytery of sister churches was convened there, who, 
upon investigation of their standing and situation, proceeded to dissolve the 
church, and gave letters to the members to join other churches of our faith 
and order, which was approved by the Association, and the name of "Broad 
River" ordered to be stricken from our list of churches. 

The committee on Union Meetings reported the following as their arrange* 
ment, viz: Your committe recommend that union meetings be held 1st, with 
the church at Thessalonica, embracing the 3d Sabbath in July next. At Buf- 
fiilo, embracing the 4th Sabbath in August, and at Concord, embracing the 
1st Sabbath in September, 1860. Whereupon, the following brethren were 
appointed to attend, viz: At Thesalonica, Elders R. P. Logan, L. M. Berry, 
I). Carpenter, 

At Buffalo, Elders G. W. Rollins, R. Poston, A. A. McSwain. 

At Concord, Elders G. W. Rollins, L, McSwain, D. Carpenter. 

The committee on Temperance reported, (See Appendix A.) which was a- 
dopted. Ayes 50, nays 1. 

The committee on Finance reported that they have collected from tho 
churches S'lO 38 for priL ting minutes, and for Missions, $11 50; which re- 
port was adopted. 

Brother J. W. Green; former Clerk, paid over missionary funds in his hands, 
amounting to $106 63 in cash, and handed over an uncollected subscription 
listofSTl 00. Making an aggregate ofil77 63. 

The Missionary Board reported (See Appendix B.) which was adopted. — 
Whereupon the Association ordered that the Clerk pay over to Elders J. But- 
tle and G. W. Rollins the amount of their respective claims as missionaries, 
■vvhicli was done. Elder J, Suttle's claim being $;125 00, 

and Elder G. W. Rollins' . 6 00. 

Aggregate amount of claims S130 00 

which being deducted from amount received, leaves a balance of last 

year's funds, amounting to 47 63 

To which add 75 cents received from Elder J. Suttle, 75 

S48 38 
On Biotion, the Association then adjourned until 9 o'clock, A. M., on Mt>o- 
day. Prayer by Elder B. Bonner. 

SUNDAY, 23d October. 

The stand was occupied by those elected to preach, and the word of God 
was exhibited faithfully, to a large, attentive, and well ordered congregation; 
we hope with good effect. A public collection was taken up for missions , 
amounting to S36 32. 

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MONDAY, 8 O'clock, A. M. 

The Association met. Prayer by Elder P. R. Elam. 

The Clerk called the roll, and a quorum being present, proceed«d to take 

»P the unfinished business of q.f i 

being before the body ^^^"^^^^^^' Missionary interests an^ 

After some disnn/- t , ^ ''''^'^^^^s and operations 


, To tt,e Bethel 4r k' ''■ ""■ ^"S-" ''"'""' ^- "'Swain,' 

September, I860 Si d "i' "h'* convenes at r^/. 

J>. Carpenter,'*"'' ^""^^i^-fi. ,Ela,„, J. j. jZt,T&'>'! ^* Sabbath in 

^^^-^tv^^, Thatwher "^^^^^S^^'te the same. Adopt- 

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The Shelby clmrcli petitioned for a letter of dismission from this bod>% 
which was granted. 

On motion, the Clerk read the recorded proceedings of this session, as 
iTtinu ted by him, which were approved; and the Moderator and Clerk were 
ordered to assign the same. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned to the time and place above 
named. Prayer by Eider G. W, Kollins. 

L.M. BERRY, Mod, 

J. II, Logan, Clerk. ,8^/ 

A P P E ri D i X . 

4 The committee on Temperance submitted the following report: — 

_rl^» Wo, the committee, to report on Temperance to the King's Monntain 
Association, beg leave to say that we are of opinion that the cJmrch is the 
place to give the most ef{<'ctive check to the evils of intemperance; and we are 
of the opinion that it will be right and proper, and not inconsistent with'any 
of our privileges or liberties, nor with the word of God, for this Association 
to hereafter refuse to receive any church into the union of this body, without 
said church have incorporated into its rules one, forbidding its members to 
make, buy, sell, or use as a common beverage, intoxicating liquors. 
Respectfully submitted, 


BThe Pilissionary Board would ask leave to report as follows, to wit: 
• We employed Elder J. Suttle to preach at Lebanon church, monthly, 
and at Clark's Creek, on Sabbath evenings of each mo' th. We agreed to give 
him $125 00 for his services; he preached atsorae other points, in going to 
and from his regular appointments: his time will expire at the termination of 
the year, 1859. We also employed Elder G: W. Rollins, at the rates of $1 00 
per day, to assist in holding protracted meetings, and he labored five days in 
ihat service. 

Ret^pectfully submitted, J. C. LATTIMORE, Chm. 

CI The Committee on Sabbath Schools report: That we have taken 

''« that important matter into consideration, and have to express our 
deep mortification that the major part of our churches have not attended to 
the organization of Schools, and have, therefore, failed to meet the expecta- 
tion of the Atssociation in that respect: and we fear, too, that in due propor- 
tion,. a,s this important religious interest has been neglected, vice and immor- 
•ality has been fostered: and our children, that should be trained in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord, have in many instances, we fear, been suf- 
fered to roa'Ti through the forests and fields, fishing or hunting, and desecra- 
ting tlie Lord's da3\ Your Committee would again, as they did last year, 
urge upon the attention of the Association, this very important matter, and 
we hope our churches will not fail to attend to it: and we recommend that 
they procure the Sabbath School books of the Southern Sabbath School Un- 
ion, and patronize the "Child's Friend," published at Nashville, Tennessee. 
Respectfully submitted. J. SUTTLE, Ch'm, 

DThe Committee on Periodicals beg leave to make the following re- 
• port: Whereas, much good has, and may be realized from reading the 
religious news of the day. We would recommend to youthe "Baptist Teles- 
cope," a weekly paper published in Hendersonville, N. C, W, A. G. Brown 
and N. Bowen, Editors, at SI 50 per annum, "Biblical Recorder," Raleigh, 
N. C, J. J. James, Editor, atS2. The -'Home and Foreign .Journal," Rich- 
3nond, Va.,a aionthly, at 25 cents. The "Tennessee Baptist," Nashville, 
rcun.,at $2; and espe.c.iallj "The CMld/s J'rie.iadj'' jp^Msisi at If asbyille^ 


Tenn., A. C. Dayton, Editor. This paper sliould be in every family: it is de- 
moted to Sabbath School interests, price 25 cents; five copies to one address, 
SI 00 per annum. For other matter, we refer you to our last year's report. 

P. R. ELAM, Ch'm. 

EThe Committer on the State of Religion amongst the churches, be{!: 
• leave to report: That it appears from the letters sent up from the 
«hurclies composing our union, that while a few are rejoicing in the midst ot 
gracious revivals, and exclaiming, "The Lord hath done groat things for us 
whereof we are glad," otiiers complain of a cold, lifeless state, A few of the 
churches are almost destitute of a preached gospel. This state ot things 
should not be permitted to continue. It is certainly the plain duty of those 
who have been blessed with the means, to have the gospel preached to the 
poor; they should regard it a privilege, that they have it in their power to 
bestow some of their substance on so holy and good a cause. Your commit- 
tee, therefore, recommend the continuance of the mission already set on foot 
in our associational bounds; and that the necessary steps be taken to place 
in the hands of the Board, tho means of supplying the destitute churches, 
and other associational territory belonging to us. We again commend to 
the attention of our cliurches, the great importance ©f establishing Sabbath 
Schools, which we regret to see, is almost entirely neglected. And as tho 
churches have preaching only oncea month, we urge upon them the necessi- 
ty of holding prayer meetings every Sabbath, Let as many of the members 
as conveniently can, go to the Sabbath School, and after the exercises of the 
school are over, form themselves into a prayer meeting, read the Holy Scrip- 
tures and sing and pray with and for each other. This, it is believed, will 
unite the members of the church in a closer bond of union; make them watch 
over each other for good, and not for evil, as we fear is but too frequently the 
case. Such a course will certainly promote individual piety, while it will 
tend to the development of the best gifts, which should be carefully sought 
out, encouraged and cultivated by the churches. By means like these, an 
intelligent and efficient ministry will be built up, and prove a blessing, not 
only to the churches, but to the world at large. 

Your committee would further recommend that great care should be taken 
to discourage and restrain tlie unworthy and grossly ignorant, from enga- 
ging in a public course which can onlj'' be calculated to bring odium and re- 
proach upon the cause of Christ. Let the slanderous charge, "That Bap- 
tists are guilty of Jeroboam's sin, of making priests of the lowest order of the 
people," be wiped from our escutcheon. In connexion with the preaching of 
a pure, unadulterated gospel, let means be taken for supplying our churches 
with good religious books, wherein our members may be taught more fully 
to understand our denominational principles, and sentiments; and thus bt.* 
Tiiade more vigilant, in defending the ancient landmarks that characterise 
the true church of Christ, from The assaults of gainsayers. The present is 
evidently a fast age of the world, and in order to keep ahead, we should make 
greater and more persevering eftorts, which, if done in a prayerful and Ood- 
honering manner, seeking the promotion of God's glory, in preference to the 
building up of a contentious or factious party, will doubtless meet His divine 

Respectfully submitted, J, R. LOGAN, Ch'm,, 

FThe committee on Correspondence with sister AssociationSj bvg; 
• leave to report the following 


Dear Brethren:— r-Through the kind providence of God, we have agarn 
laeen permitted to meet in an Associational capacity. We were greatly r<'- 
^Veshed and edified on the reception of messengers from some of your bodies, 
while we haveto regret that others, who no doubt were appointed, failed io 
Attend. TWs circupist^ncej however^ is not construed bv,us into an indispo- 

sitlon on the part of those who failed, to drop the correepondence with wx,. 
we shall therefore hope for a more faithful continuation of the same for ib&- 

During the present session of our body, we have received one ne#ly con- 
stituted church, and our b«siness ha« been transacted in brotherly love. — 
The word of life has been faithfully exhibited to an attentive congregation ». 
we hope with good effect. 

Dear Brethren: We shall hope to meet with you- by messengers and other 
C/Orrespondence, without failure, at our next session, which willconveajB with 
the church at High Shoals, 14 miles soM'th ea-st of Rufcherfordton, N. C, ott. 
Priday before the 4th Sabbath in October, 1860. 

May the grace of our Lord> Jesus Christ abida with you all . Amen. 

L. M. BEERY. Mod. 

J. R. Logan; Clerk. 

The foregoing is respectfully submitted by > 

a. W. SijLLINS, Ch'm. 

StatemeHt of Missionary Meass. 

Balance of last year's funds, . . . - 

Public collection on the Sabbath, - 

Amount sent up by churches, . . - . 

A"iount pledged by individuals and for churches,. 

Aggregate amount, -- - - -- - $201 2X> 

- 048 SS 

- 36 32 

- 11 50 

- 106 00 

list of individual subscriptions taken at this^ Ses^ioiii and unpaid. 

J. Suttle, $10; P. R. Elam, $10; Br. T. Williams, $B] Q. W. Rollins, S5';: 
J. C, Lattimer, t5; A. A. McSwain, S2; Q. M. Webb, $2^, E, J. Lovelace, SI;:; 
J.M.Williams, S2. W. Roberts, S5; A. Goodson, $2; T..W. Love, S2; M.. 
Martin, ^5^ J.. W. Blanton,. (Walls) $2; G..B. Bridges, ^2:. Doufeb Springy, 
pledged by Elder J. Suttle for SIO; Olivet,, by D-. Setz^r, S&} Z'oa-r, by J'. Rf,. 
Logan, S5; New Bethel, by Elder P. R. Elam, ^15;, Big Spring,, h^ J..€. ha^. 
timore, $5; Pleasant. Hill,, by C. Allen, .S5. 


Circular Letter. 

DEAH;ifeiET"iiRBN: — According to an appointment of last Association, vre ad- 
dress yo\i upon the subject of Prayer, especially family prayer. Prayer is 
an offering up of our desires to God for things lawful and agreeable to his 
\Till,with an humble confidence to obtain them' through Christ as mediator^ 
the Sp^ helping our infirmities, and making intercession for us. Nothing 
ean before or consistent than the exercise of'this duty. It is a di- 
Tine injunction that men ought always to pray and not to fiunt. It is our 
duty to adknowledge the obligation we are under to the Mvine Being, and' 
to supplicate his throne for the blessings that we need, and that he has prom- 
ised to give, in answer to prayer. It is essential to our happiness, and the 
means of our peace and felicity, and our fellowship with God. 

Prayer is mental or vocal, ejaculatory, private or publie. Our prayers 
•hould be sincere and fervent, with repentance and faitk God alone 
should be the object of our devotion, and Christ as mediator. Any suppli- 
cation to saints or angels, would be blasphemy. The worship of creatures^, 
however exalted in our estimation, is forbidden as idolatry. As to the na- 
ture of prayer, it doe« not consist in the voice, the posture of the body, the 
use or form of words, nor in anything exterior; but as the poet says: 
"Prayer is the souFs sincere desire, 

Unuttered or expressed. 
The motion of a hidden fire, 

That trembles in the breast." 

We read of one who only moved her lips, and it was prayer. It is sim- 
ply the offering up our desires. It is generally jiivided into Aioratwn,l>j 
which we express our sense of the goodness and greatness of God. Confes- 
sion, hy which we acknow^ledge our sins,, and umvorthiness in his sight. — 
Supplication, by which we plead for pardon, grace^ or any blessing that we 
need, Intercession, by which we plead for others.. And Tlianksgiving , by 
which we express our gratitude to God for his grace and mercy. As to the 
kinds of prayer, we will say there are five. Ist. Ejaculatory prayer, by which 
the mind is directed to God on any emergency.. It is said to be- derived from 
the word ejacwZar, which means to dart,, to shoot out suddenly. This kind of 
prayer is made up of short sentences, spontaneously springiaig from the mind. 
The Scriptures afford many instances of this kind of prayer.. The Christian- 
ean offer his ejaculation to God at all times, and in all places, and under all 
eircumstances. There is no power upon earth that can prevent th^e Chris- 
tian from offering this kind of prayer. ItlKisbeen prayed in a lion's den, a 
fiery furnace, and a fish's belly. Many saints have offered their ejiaculations- 
to God, while the fires flamed around them, and the Lord heard them. It is 
©ne of the principal excellences of this kind of prayer that it can be practiced 
a»t all times, and in all places, and under all circumistances. In worldly bu- 
tiness,. in travelling, in sickness and in pain, and especially in the hour of 
afiiiction and temptation. It is, therefore, worthy of our practice; for it can 
rec^sive no impediment from any external circumstances.. 2d. Secret or clos- 
et prayer, is also enjoined on us. It was commanded by Christ himself, say- 
ing^ when thou prayest^. enter iutothy closet p aud when thou hast shut tba 


■Soor, pray to fby father who seeth in secret and thy father who seeth in se- 
<-.ret, shall reward thee openly. Christ not only commanfl^fts to pray in se- 
cret, but he set us an example of it, when he went out into a niauntaJD to 
pray, and conthnied in prayer all night. 3d. Social prayer, is atijiier kind 
of prayer that is iniportaut, and should not be neglected. It is social, because 
nt is otiered by a society of Christians, convened for that purpose, either on 
some special occasion, or at stated meetings or seasons. These pv^|k meet- 
ings especially, should be attended to when the church is in an unusniil state 
•of deadness and barrenness, and in times of public calamities and distress, and 
for the special benefit of church and nation; and not only when the church 
and nation appear to be scourged, but also in times of prosperity; for we 
should not forget the Giver of our mercies, and the Donor of our blessings. 
We are greatly encouraged to this kind of prayer, from the consideration of 
the promise, saying, where two or three are gathered together in my name, 
there am I in the midst. And again: if two or three agree on earth as touch- 
ing any one thing, and ask it in my name, it shall be granted. If the efiect- 
al fervent prayer of one righteous man availeth much, v>'hatmay we expect in 
answer to united prayers of a society of Christians'? How do the ways of 
Zion mourn in consequence of Christians neglecting this importanc duty. — 
4th. Public prayer, is that in which the whole congregation should engage, 
while the minister leads. This kind of jirayer is ancient, and also important. 
It was a part of the patriarchal worship. It was also carried on by the Jews, 
and was a part of the temple service: and Christ recommended it, both by 
his example and instruction. The 'disciples also attended to it, and the 
Scriptures, in many places, show that it is a duty binding on every religious 

Public devotion is of great utility to Christians. It gives them an oppor- 
tunity of openly professing their feith in and love to Christ. It enlivens de- 
votion, and prompts zeal. It is the means of receiving instruction and con. 
Kolation. It affords a good example to others, and excites them to fear God. 
5th. We come lastly, to notice ftimily prayer, which should not be neglected. 
Though there may be no absolute command in God's word for this duty, yet 
there are so many hints, allusions and examples for it, that we are made to 
Relieve it to be a duty binding on the heads of families. We learn that it 
was the practice of our forefathers. It is said that David returned to bless 
his household. yVnd we are made to believe, thnt it was by praying with 
and for his f imily: and his son Solomon said, "Train up a child in the way 
he, should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." It certainly in 
the duty of men to pray. Then it should be taught them in youth by the 
examples of their pious parents, kneeling around the fiimily altar. Job of- 
fered burnt offerings for his ehiklren, saying, they may have sinned and curs- 
ed God in their hearts. But how many parents neglect this duty, while a 
few are willing to say with J&shiaa of old, "as for me and my house, we will 
serve the Lord," and endeavor i^ Ibrangiip their children "in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord," saying, '"saay son, keep thy father''s commandments , 
And forsake not the lawof thyamotlier, and bind them •continually about thy 
l^eart, and tie them ah'O^it thj medk.."" 

Cornelius, a devoted maw, wh-o prayed to God alwa.j'^s, «akl xdnie he was 
lasting and praying in his house, llieie appeared ;» iMaaa laattt© liija aawl sai<J, 


"*Oorne]ius, tli^arayers arc Iieard. Now if Cornelius, a Gcntilo, and count- 
sed a heathcnfHBi a (ixniily altar, and prayed with his family, ought not 
Christiai^SP, especially when the prophet called upon God to pour out his fury 
upon the f-rmilies that called not on the Lord] Now^ if the neglect of this 
duty is such a sin that it dcservcKS the fury of God, ought not the heads of 
families^ that have no religion in their house, hegin to tremble? If God pun- 
ished mk of old, because his sons made themselves wicked, and he restrained 
them not, what may some expect, whoso children never heard theni pray? — 
Our prayers may restrain our children from sin; for "the effectual fervent 
prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Surely we would not neglect 
•this duty, if we consider what a blessing it may prove to our children and do- 
mestics, what comfort it would afford to our owa souls; what utility it may 
prove to the community atk^rgo. It sanctifies our comforts and crosses. 
It has a tendency to promote order, decency, sobriety and religion in general. 
■Can we not then see the propriety of attending to this important duty? AM 
heads of families are indispensably bound by the Divine autliority and exam- 
ple to pray with their respective families. There is all the reason for ftxmily 
prayer, that there is for secret prayer. Nay, more , and some of greater mag- 

Families owe no less hom;^ge to God than individuals; they are no less de- 
pendent. They all have family wants and blessings. They have family sins, 
.and must be miserable without the divine favor, which only is promised i-^ 
answer to prayer. If secret prayer is indispensable, family prayer must be 
more so. We are taught this in the case of Daniel, when he prayed three 
times a day in his house, with his windows opeiaed towards Jerusalem. If 
secret prayer would have done as well, and been as important on that occa- 
sion, why did not Daniel enter into his closet? Then he might have evaded 
his enemies, and escaped the den of lions. Had it been secret prayer, his en- 
emies Avould not have known it, or obtained any advantage of him. 

Our Savior has added Aw example to that of pious men. He prayed alone 
with his disciples, who were his constant family. ''And it came to pass when 
he was alone praying, his disciples were Avith him." How earnestly did he 
pray with and for them. Just before his passion on the cross, he not only 
prayed with them, but he taught them to pray with and for one another,* and 
among themselves,, as a family. The prayer that he taught them tvas a so- 
cial one: "Our Father who art in heaven, give us this day our daily bread; 
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This could not hit 
isecret prayer, for it is in the plural. 

Our Savior taught his disciples, andjprayed with them as a family. And 
'do not all the commandments which obligate parents to educate and train 
wp their children for God, bind them to pruy with and for their families? — 
Can any family be religiously trained up for God without family prayer? — 
We think not; for God has commanded that we should instruct our children 
in the duties and doctrines of religion. And, can we attend to this duty bet- 
ter than by example; by praying with and for them; and by talking of the 
goodness of God before them, before we lie down, and when we rise up. — 
Thisisof infinite importance, not only to the present age, but to generations 
yet to come. If we train up our children in the nurture and admonition oi 
the Lord, they will probably train up theirs jn the same way. And so y>iei^', 


fhrough the blessing of God, whose mercy fenpon them that fear hi'ra to Jtf 
thousand generations, b'^ continued from age to age. We, as parents, should! 
be careful how we act, for our influence may live down through the declivity 
of years, to the end of time. How much may we do by attending to family 
prayer; and on the other hand, how much guilt may we incur by the neglect 
of this duty. This appeared to be a kind of unpardonable sin, f^^ I have 
told him, saith God, that I will judge his house forever, for the iniqu% which 
lie knoweth, because his sons made themselves wicked, and he restrained 
them not. Therefore, have I sworn unto the house of Eli , that the iniquity of 
his house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor burnt offerings forever. Fam- 
ily religion will deeply impress the minds of our children and domestics, 
with a sense of the reality of a divine existence, and of a universalprovidence 
of their fallen, miserable condition; of their need of a Savior, and that Jesus 
U the Christ, and that there is salvation in no' other. Is it not calculated to 
fix in their minds a sense of the reality and importance of rehgion"? What 
else will convince them more of your concern for their souls, than your earn- 
est prayers'? Is it not calculated to teach them to pray, and to engage them 
in the habits of prayer] Every head of a fomily is a king and a priest in hi* 
own house, and precious souls are committed to his trust, and he should of- 
fer up prayers continually in their behalf. He needs much grace to enable 
him to perform the important duties devolving upon him, as a king and priest,, 
that he may bo enabled to say here am I, and the children that thou hast giv- 
en me. Prayer will give weight to all our religious conduct, and instruction 
towards our children; while the neglect of ib would teach our children not to- 
I)ray, and render all our religious instructions and warnings, of but little 
weight or importance with them. You may unteach by your example, all 
you may attempt to teach by precept. How important is family religion. If 
the example of our Savior and ancient worthies teach us social and public 
prayer, they also teach that of family prayer. Common sense teaches us that 
when a family or community has offended a prince, that they should jointly,' 
by the head of the family or some other person in their name, acknowledge 
their wrong, and seek reconciliation. When Herod was highly displeased 
%vith those of Tyre .\nd Sidon, they came with one accord,.and desired peace,, 
beciiuse their country was nourished by the king's country. 

With what trumpet tones dothese things call upon families to bless GodJ 
for countless blesdngs, confess their sins a)nd seek his fevor. i^re we not 
bound so to acf? We appeal to common sense and reason, only fet them set 
in judgment, and the case is decided imthe affirmative. Two many profess- 
ors of religion seem to think that enough is done when they attend the ser- 
vice of the sanctuary and participate in public worship, and do not think- 
tliat there are peculiar duties growing Qut of every relationship in life. It is 
imp-^rtant to give children an early bias towards religioni.. He who is sur- 
rounded by a fiimil}'- of immortal beings should be dilligent at all times in the- 
cultivation of family religion. The altar of prayer should be erected from' 
which should arise morning and evening sweet incense to God. Our children^ 
should see that religion is a very important part of the business of life, that 
it is not merely to be put on and taken off as a passion, but that it should a- 
blde continually, Uo christiaa should require any arguni-ent to convince hini) 

•oTfhe duty or any appeal to urge them to the performance of this duty, it rt 
«he best mode of recognizing God as our Creator andbenefar^torandpreserrer 
2t associates reh'gion with the tenderest recollection of childhood. Wherfl 
-ever a man may roam, he will never forget t)ie ])raycrs of a venerable old pa- 
rent, which in the days of his innocency he heard aroimd the old hearth stone: 
When the old family Bible lay on the stand, the children around, in comely 
• •order, their parents, the ftither as high priest to oiFor up Spiritual sacrificea 
wholy acceptable to God. Brethren, see to it that you render itprofitable and 
>»leasant. When we remember how early and constant the children behoM 
the example of their parents, and what confidence they repose in their pa- 
rents more than any other created being, we are made to believe that no 
other being save God himself do as much as the parents to rescue their 
children from the plains of eternal night. In all families there are influence* 
that will go on blasting our blessing through all eternity. Parents, you nee<l 
not be positively irreligious jn your families, just conceal your light, and 
without the invincible grace of "God, you will give rise to trains of evils that 
will survive death,. and shock of the arch angel's trump. Let there be no'reli- 
gion in your families, a*nd I would not take your place at the judgment, for a 
thousand worlds. But .to the contrary, display religion in your fiimily, kt 
your children and domestics sec religion as well as hear it. Commence and 
curry on and close each day with consistent piety, and j^ou will deposit in the 
souls of your chiklreii, the good seed of the kingdom which being warmed 
by the rays of Urn Sun of righteousiiess, and refreshed with the influence of 
the Spirit, will, after you are dead and gone, if not before, produce the gold- 
en fruit of conversion and usefulness. Live thus, professing parents, and 
you will do more for the prosperity of this republic than all our armies navie* 
and laws. Live thus, and in the day of doom you will meet your judge, say- 
ing, here am I, and the children thou gave&t me, and your children will ris« 
Tip and call you blessed. 

Dear Brethren; -for the sake of Christ,— for the sake of the church,— for tho 
sake of your country, — for the sake of your children, and for your own sake, 
exhibit religion in your fomilies, and in all your social movements. It it 
most seriously apprehended, and lamented tlmt a deficiency of prayer is tb« 
characteristic cf our day. Abundent outpoiarings of prayer would give nevr 
life to ministers, and churches, and the whole world be set on fire with the 
sacred flame , and it would burn to the consumption of sin and corruption, to 
earth's remotest bounds, and God would purify the hearts of the children of 
men as gold purified seven times. Universal nature as well as the word of 
God, has pronounced a w^oe against them that are at ease in Zion: yet will somo 
be at ease in Zion,and slumber while the Savior pleads for a sinking world. 
If you would share in the bliss and triumph of the Redeemer in heaven, you 
must throw your whole energy into the mighty w^ork. We ought daily to 
bow before Gx)d in prayer with that faith and heroism of Jacob, that knows 
no surrender or denial. Would to God that wo could be aroused to all kind« 
ofprayer,— that our ejaculation,- might be more frequently extorted from 
our hearts,— tlmt our closets and the secret grove might be more familiar to 
us; and that chiu'chcs would hold their stated prayer meetings, and let their 
imp ortunato prayers nrise to God as tiio voice of one man, with that unslia- 
ken stability and coi'fidence that would take no denial. And when mini^ter:^ 

It .^ 

Toad in piiMic pnyor. tliat tho vrholo oongroiTAtion wouid send up a migTity 
volume of prayor, that the place miirliit becouie as it were none other but the 
house of God. and the very gate of heaven, and that every house in the Innd 
might become a house of prayer. Then God would hear the songs of thanks- 
pivinj<^ ii« tliey swell from the vales, and echo livm the hills, and rise to heav 
en as theotVerinjTof a world to it^ Redeemer. How misrhty would be the 
energy of the ehureh in the subjugation of the world, and how like the voiee 
o{ God would her voiee bo, sounded through the abodes of unWliof and sin. 
We have l.irge petitions to present befou^ the Lord, lor lie has made it our 
duty to "pray for all men every where, lilting up holy hands without wrath or 
doubting.' We should pray not only tor our families, but we are in dutv 
bound to pray for one another as Christijwis, and should espeeially for our 
ministers that the woixi pivached by them might have t\ve course, and be 
glorified. We should pray lor kings, rukn-s, and tor all who are in authority;, 
that we may lead a quiet and peaceabks lif?. We should pray for the heathen 
and for the st>read of the gospel and for all th:U are distressed either in body 
or mind. And may wo not s;w that it is in iwiswer to prayer that the 
world is to bo regenerated and sjwed. If the prayers of Elijah shut up Heav- 
en that it rained not for tho sp.we of tlnve years, and six UHMUhs, and again 
he prayed, and the Heavens gave rain: what would the prayers of the un.ited 
host of G^od, when olVored in laith. aewmplish? I am almost an unlimited W- 
liever in the ertioaey of prayer, and why not? when it h;-s nnlook<Hi prisoa 
doors: caused the lion to act liko a lamb; and the ilame^ of liix> to become 
harmless as the morning light; and hivs bixniglvt liiv from heaven to consume 
the enemies of prayer. And more especially when Gtt>d himself h;*^ said "ask 
and ye shall rovvive.'' and "whatsoever ye ;vsk in my name, nothing doubting, 
it shall be granted." He is rich unto all who ca^l upon him. Ovxl has erected 
a throne of grace at the expeiK-je of the precious bVnxi of his Son. {Uid for our 
further encouragement to pray. ''He who sparcvl not hi? own Son, but de- 
liveiW him up lor us all. will he not. with him iVeely give us all things." — 
It is written "I said not to the seed of J.ieob, seek ye me vji A-:\in.'" *' Ifye be- 
i:ig evil, know how to givegxKHlgit'ts to your child^xMi, how much more will 
your Heavenly Tatlier give to them that ;vsk him." 'He givethiiberally- to all 
jind upbraidedi none." "He does for his people exceeding abxmdautly above 
itll that they ask or thinks" What encoura^Muents are there to frayj to pray 
always, and not to faini. It is gt>od to draw nigh to God. The time is soon 
coming when all i1kv?c that draw near to him in this world, shall draw near 
to him i;\ the world to- come, and their labor shall l>e changed to rest, their 
portxnv to happiness te.irs to joy. faith to sight, liope to fruition, and prayer 
to praises, sluing unto him thai lovv d us. and washed »vs from our sins in hi»» 
own b'iOi.\l. and hath m.uie us kings and priests unto God, and hi^ i^itber; t^ 
Him be giory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 

L. M EBRRY; ModersUor. 
J. R. LccAX. Clerk. 

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October 86, 1860, 

And Diijs following. 




Fkidat, October 26tli. 
The Association met according to adjournment last year ; 
and tlie Litrodnctory Sermon was preached by Elder L. M. 
Berry, from Eomans 14:th chapter and 19th verse : " Let us^ 
therefore^ follow after the things ivhich mcike for ;peace^ and 
things whereidth one may edify another P 

A recess of 30 minutes was then had for refreshment, after 
which the delegates conven-ed in the meeting honse, and pray- 
er was made by Elder J. G. Grayson. 

The churches were then called by the presiding officer, when 
letters were handed in and i-ead from the following, viz : Buf- 
falo, Sandy Run, Zoar, Boiling Springs, Mount Sinai, Mount 
Pleasant, Beaverdam, Pleasant Hill, Big Spring, Bethlehem, 
Long Greek, Olivet, Thesalonica, Corinth and Lincolnton, and 
the state of each minuted. The other churches formerly in 
union (witli the exception of St. Johns and Lebanon, which 
were not represented,) were not received, by reason of not 
carrying out a resolution of the last session in reference to 
temperance ; their letters being laid on the table. 

Opened a door for the reception of clmrches, when Zioii 
Ilill^ dismissed from Green Piver Association, made applica- 
tion and was received. 

Elected Elder L. M. Berry, Moderator^ and Bro. J. R. Lo- 
gan, CUrl\ 

Galled, for correspondence from sister Associations, and re- 
ceived from the Green River, Elders J. G. Grayson, J. R. 
Harmon, A. J. Gansler, A. Padgett, AV. Harrill, J. R. Bow- 
man, W'. D. Lancaster. 

From the Broad River— Elders W. Hill, T. J. Gampbell, B. 
Bonner, D. Scruggs, and bro. J. Byars, with a letter and 
Minutes. ' 

From the Bethel — ^Xo correspondence. 
From the Gatawba River— A letter and package of Minutes. 
From Taylorsville — ^o correspondence. 
Appointed Elder R. P. Logan, J. G. Lattimore, D. P. Gold, 

with tlie Moderator and Clerk, a committee to arrange the 
business of the Association. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned until to-morrow 
10 o'clock, A. M. Prayer by Elder A. J. Cansler. 

Satukday, October 2T"th>. 

Tlie Association met according to adjournment. Prayer 
by Elder J. K. Harmon. 

Called the roll, and marked absentees. 

The Committee af Arrangements reported, and was dis- 

The Moderator announced the following committees, viz :.; 

On Union Meetings— R. IL Patterson," Yv". S. Litten, J. 

On Einance — S. Baker, J. A. Roberts, R. E'. Porter. 

On Sabbath Schools— J. J. Hicks, J. Ilogue,, W. B. Love- 

On Temperanee — J. C. Lattimore, D. Setzer, R. P. Logan. 

On Correspondence — E. S. Ram sour, R. W., Cauble, D. P. 

On State of Religion— G. W. Rollins, J. M.. Chitwood, ^^\ 
C. Weathers. 

On Religious Periodlcab — A. A. McSwahi, S. H. Elliott,, 
E. Durham. 

A memorial from sundry aggrieved members of Zion church. 
was presented, and taken up for consideration. 

Also a petition of similar import from Wall's church, vrai^ 
taken up, and after a free and full discussion of the points at 
issue, the body adopted the follawnng : 

Whkreas, Several, of the meinbor.s of Ziou. and Wulfs cliiucbes have made ef- 
forts to pass and carry out the resohition ado^pted at ovir hist session on the subject 
of Teiiiperancc, but failed ; and according to their request, we desire to give thein 
aid : Therefore be it 

Kesolved^ That a committee ol'iivc brethren b-e sent from this body to examina 
the condition, of each of the said churclies and memorialists, which, if received 
by said churches, are to render such aid as they may be able to reconcile and set- 
tle the existnig difficulty ; and in case of failure, to declare the said memoriidists, 
i if found orthodox and worthy,) the church in. each case,, respectively. 

On motion, took up and considered the standing of those 
churches whose letters were laid on the table yesterday ; and 
after eliciting such information as could be obtained through 
tiieir delegates, the body decided that, in consequence of the 
present uncertain position of the churches at Double Springs, 
iligh Shoals and Mount Paran, it would not be p]'oper to re- 

ceive tlieir delegates at this session ; but prayerfully coinmend 
the subject of Temperance to their consideration, hoping they 
may be disposed to reflect more deeply upon it, and place 
themselves in a more proper attitude for reception at the next 
meeting of this Association. 

The "churches at New Bethel, Mount Yernon and New 
Prospect, evincing a determination to carry out the resolu- 
tion of this body on Temperance, was indulged until the next 
session, and their delegates received. 

On motion, Elder J. Suttle of Double Springs church, was 
invited to a seat in council. 

The Moderator appointed J. J. Hicks, W. S. Litten and 
R. U. Patterson a committee to nominate the connnittee of 
live to attend at Zion and Walls churches. 

Elected Elders J. C. Grayson and W. Hill to preach on the 
Sabbath. The Association then adjourned until Monday 9 
o'clock, A. M. Prayer by Elder G. W. EoUins. 

Sunday, October 28th. 
Tlie stand was occupied by those appointed. Elder J. C. 
Grayson opened the services, and was followed by Elder J. 
Suttle, who preached the Missionary sermon under an ap- 
])ointment of last session ; at the conclusion of v;liicli a pub- 
lic collection was taken up for Domestic Missions in the 
bounds of the Association, amounting to $18 93. A i-ecess 
of an hour was then had for refreshment, v^'hen the congrega- 
tion agaiii assembled at the stand, and was entertained by 
Elder W. Hill from Pev. 21st chap., 9th verse, creating quite 
a sensation in the large and well-ordered congregation. AVe 
liope the labors faithfully dispensed this day may prove a 
blessino- to all those who heard them. 

Monday, 9 o'clock, A. M. 

The Association met. Prayer by the Moderator. 

Called the roll, and proceeded to take up the unhnislied 

On motion, the committee to nominate persons to go to 
Zion and Walls churches, reported, that Elders L. M. Berry, 
G. W. Pol] ins, P. P. Logan, and brethren J. C. Lattimore 
and J. A. Poberts were appointed, which was concurred in 
by the body. The connnittee to meet at Zion on Wednesday 

previous to fifth Sabbath in December next ; and at Walls, 
on the Friday thereafter. 

Called for the Circular Letter prepared by Elder L. M. 
Berry, which was read and adopted. 

Elected Elder L. M. Berry to preach the Missionary sermon 
next year. Elder R. P. Logan the introductory sermon to 
the next Association ; and Elder G. W. Bollins wTite the next 
Circular, and select his own theme. 

The committee on Union Meetings reported as follows : the 
1st Union Meeting to be held at New Bethel, commencing on 
Friday before the 3rd Sabbath in July next, (1861.) At Bi 
Spring on Friday before the 2nd Sabbath in August next, an 
at Lebanon on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in August. — 
The report was concurred in, and the following appointments 
of ministers to attend the same were made, viz : 

New Bethel— Elders R. P. Logan, G. W. Rollins, J. Sut- 
tle, L. M. Berry. 

Big Spring — Elders L. M. Berry, P. R. Elam, A. J. Cans- 
ler, G. W. Rollins. 

Lebanon— Elders R. P. Logan, L. M. Berry, J. M. "Wil- 
liams, J. Suttle, P. R. Elam. 

The following appointments of messengers were then made 
to sister Associations, viz : 

^ To the Green River— Elders A. A. McSwain, G. W. Rol- 
lins, J. Suttle, R. P. Logan, and brother J. C. Lattimore. 

To the Broad River— Elders L. M. Berry, J. Suttle, P. R. 
Elam, R. P. Logan, and brethren W. C. Weathers, J. R. Lo- 

To the Catawba River— Elders L. M. Berry, R. P. Logan, 
and brethren J. J. Hicks, S. Baker, D. Setzer. 

To the Bethel— Eld6rs P. R. Elam, L. McSwain, L. M. 

Called for the report of the committee appointed at last 
session to revise the Constitution. See their report in tlie 
Appendix marked A, which was adopted, ayes 25, nays 6. 

The committee on Finance reported that they collected 
from churches and individuals for printing the Minutes of 
the Association the sum of $38 10. See tabular statement. 

The committee on Sabbath Schools reported. See Appen- 
dix B. 

The committee on Temperance reported. See Appendix C. 

Tlie committee on Correspondence reported. See Appen- 
dix D. 

The committee on the State of Eeligion reported. See Ap- 
pendix E. 

The committee on Eeligious Periodicals reported. See 
Appendix F. 

All of which were adopted by the body and ordered to be 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved^ That we extend to Zion chnrch all christian courtesy, and especial- 
ly to Elder K. Poston, an ordained minister and member of sai'd church, until 
the meeting of the committee sent there to investigate the difficulty existing in 
said church ; and brother Poston is hereby invited to a seat in council. 

On motion, the standing of Mount Paran and High Shoal 
churches was reconsidered, and upon the pledges given by 
their delegates received into union, and Elder J . J. Jones, a 
member of Mt. Paran church, invited to a seat in council. 

The standing of Beaverdam, Bethel and Sandy Plains 
churches were considered and withdrawn from, for their ut- 
ter rejection of the Temperance resolution. 

On motion, the following was adopted, viz : 

Whekeas, By an act of this body we have withdrawn from churches formerly 
in union with us ; if there be any members belonging to either of those church- 
es that desire to belong to the churches in our union, 

Besolved, That we advise our churches to receive them in full fellowship, pro- 
vided nothing sinful or improper be found against them. And should any mem- 
ber be excluded from any Baptist church for advocating Tfamperanoe principles 
as embraced in the resolution of our last Association, tJiat they also be received. ' 

The Board of Missions reported. See Appendix G. 

The Association appointed Elder P. R. Elam, R. T. Ilord, 
J. R. Logan, J. Suttle, J. A. Roberts the Missionary Board 
for the present Associational year, with power to employ 
missionaries in the bounds of our Association, and to expend 
6ucli funds as belong to the body in that behalf. 

On motion, v 

Resolved^ That the Clerlr have as many copies of the Minutes printed and dis- 
tributed among the churches as the funds will pay for, and accept of $10 for \\\% 


On motion of brother J. C. Lattimore, 

Rcmlced^^ That this body tender a vote of thanks to the presiding officer for 
the impartial and yet efficient manner in which he lias discharged his duties as 


On motion of Bro. J. A. Roberts, 

Re^olved^ That the delegates composing this Association, tender their pinocre 
thanks to the brethren and friends in the vicinity of High Shoal church, for tlieir 
kindness and hospitality displayed in the entertainment of ttie body during its 


Eeeolved^ Tht\t the >iGxt session of this body -will be held in accordance with 
the arrangement of the Union Meeting, with the church at Lincohiton, Lincoln 
■county, K. C, on Friday previous to 4th Lord's cUiyin October next, (ISfil.) 

On motion, the body having gone throngh with the busi- 
ness of the session, adjourned to the time and place above- 
named. Praver by Elder Gr. W. Eollins. 

L. M. BEREY, Mod. 

J, E. Logan, Clerk. 


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The committee appointed at the lasit session of the Association to revise tlic 
Constitution, submit the following as the result of^ their labours, viz : 

We, the united Baptist churehws of Jesus Christ, located partly in the States 
,,f North Caroliiia and"; South Carolina, having all been immersed upon a 
profession of our faith in Christ, propese to maintain the order and rules of an 
Association, according to the following plan : 

AiiTioLE 1st. Tliis Association shall be known by the name of the King's 
MouBtain Baptist Association. 

-'nd. This A.?.sociation shall be composed of isUch membefs as> shall be chosen 
jjid reconmiended by the cliurches in union. 

%Y(1. Other cluirehes may liecome members of this Association by their dele- 
gates pre.senting eertiticates of tlieir appointment, provided on examination ther 
be fuund orthodox. 

4t!i. Tlie A.ssueiation shall organize by electing a Moderator and Clerk, who 
shall hold their uppointn.ients until another election, unless displaced by the 

5th. This Association, ns an act of christian courtesy, Uiay invite ministers of 
our denouunation to seat.s with us in couneil. 

0th. This Association wLien convened shall be governed by a regular and prop- 
er decorum, which they are authorized to ibrm for themselves. 

7th. This Association hath an inalienable right to judge what churches shall 
be admitted into its confeder.vcy. 

isth. The Association thus formed shall be regarded by us only in the light of 
an advisory council with no coercive i)ower " to lord it over God's heritage." 

9th. This Association shall have power to withdraw frou;i any church in its 

connexion that sliall hold cori-upt doctrines or indulge in sinful or vicious prac- 

10th. Every church in union having a membership not exceeding 50 in number, 
ehall bo entitled to a representation of two delegates, and one additional delegate 
for every increase of 50 over that number. 

11th. The primary object of this Association shall be to "strive for the unity of 
the Spirit in the bonds 'of peace" amongst the churches ; the employment of do- 
mestic missionaries, alid to keep up the statistical accounts of the churches in 
it.s connexion. And finally to concentrate our elforts for the advancement of the 
Eedeemer's kingdom on earth, and for the deposition of the works of darkness. 

12th. None but the members -of this body slmll be allowed a vote in its counsels, 
and a majority shall decide m disposing of and settlin-g all business that may con- 
stitutionally come before theu'i. 

13th. This Association in all cases disclaims the right in its associate capacity, 
to settle chutch dilliculti'es ; but when a division occurs, and two parties equally 
claim to be the church, and represent themselves by letter and delegates, this As- 
sociation shall have the riglit to decide at the first, or some future meeting of its 
body thereafter, which party shall be recognized as the constitutional church, and 
entitled to a seat in its council. 

14th. The Minutes of the Association sliall be read each day, and corrected, if 
need be, by the body ; and when the business shall be ^gone through with, signed 
by the Moderator and Clerk before the Association rises. 

15th. Any Article of tliis Constitution may be altered or amended at any 
meeting, by a majority of two-thirds of the delegates present voting for the same. 

L. M. BEERY, ) 
J. SUTTLE, > Com. 
J. R, LOGAN, ) 


'Tlie Comlnittee t)!! 'Sabbath Schools submit the folloAving as 'tlieu- report : 
Sabbath Schools, when put in operation among the churches, are found to bo of 
incalculable value to the young and rising geiteration. The Holy Bible is there 
tised as the chief text book, and consequently the mind of the Sunday School 
student from poring over ics sacred pages, becomes stored with a rich fund of re- 
ligious and useful knowledge. Eeligious impressions may often be made in the 
Sunday School by judicious and pious trainers of children, that are seldom made 
in the sanctuary ; impressions, too, that can never be effaced, and will nltimatelj 
Irad, through God's blessing, to tlieir conversion. At al] events, to say the least, 
■«07ne knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, wliich are said to be able to make us v/isc 
V.nto salvation, will there be obtained by children, who, if not sent to the Sab- 
bath School, would no doubt (as we sometimes see them) be roaming over field 
and forest, desecrating and profaning God's holy day by fishing or hraiting, play- 
ing at ball or marbles, or some other demoralizing game, calculated to load off the 
mind and affections from godhness to the service of "Satan. Your committee, 
therefore, have to regret very much, that Sabbath Schools are not more generally 
adopted amongst the churches in our union, and will still urge them upon their 
attention as institutions of more than ordimiry utility. 
Eespectfully submitted, 

J. J. mCKS, Chairman. 


The Committee on Temperance submit the following report : 
Your committee agree with the report to the last seseion of this Association, 
that the church alone can give an effective check to the evils of intemperance; and 
recommend that this Association still insist on all the churches comprising the 
same, to incorporate ki their articles of agreement, one prohibiting church mem- 
bers from making, buying, selling or using as a beverage, intoxicating liquors. 
Eespectfnliy, ^ J. C. LATTIMORE, Chairman.- 


The Committee on Correspondence submit the following 
The Kiko'b Mountain Baptist Association to hee 


Dear Brdhnen : — Through the kind providence of God, we have been permitted 
to meet in our advisory council. By an act of our body of last year, in the adop- 
tion of the temperance resolution, we were compelled this year to withdraw from 
several of our, the names of which you will find in the minutes of our 
proceedings. We are happy to state to you that the larger part of our churches 
have adopted the resolution, and are endeavoring to carry it out. It is our inten- 
tion to have said resolution carried out strictly. As many of your churches have 
had frequent communion with some of those rejected churches, and with the min- 
istry belonging to them, we advise you to hold them at a distance. 

Some of our churches report additions by baptism. We gladly received your 
Messengers, and in return have sent you as Messengers several of our brethren, 
whom w^e commend to your kind consideration. Our next Association will con- 
vene at Lincolnton, Lincoln county, jST. C, at the usual time, when and where we 
hope to receive your correspondence by letter and messengers May the grace of 
our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. L. M. BEREY, Mod. 

J. R, Logan. Clerk^ 

The Comnjittee on, tlie State of Religion submit the following report, Tiz : 
Among sonte of the churches formerly \y\ our union, the state of religion is not 
such as it should be. In rnany respects,, like one of the churches of Asia, they 
have seemingly left their first love, and are in a lukewarm state ; manifesting but 
little desire for the advaiacemeAt of religion, either hy their prayers, their liberali- 
ty, or expression against the unfruitful works of darkness, for some of them, even 
in this day of gospel light, hold distillers, venders ar^d drinkers of ardent spirits : 
and what is worse than all, some of them hold members ji?;"o/(?ssi/2.^ to he ministers^ 
who encourage and defend these things. But we hope the time has come, when 
^very true minister will take the position of the Apostle Paul, and reason with 
the churches upon the subject of righteousness, tempei-anco, and of a judgment to 
come, and when every true church will put away those abominations fiom amongst 
then,i: for we arc happy to see and hear, that quite a number of them have taken 
an eminent position in this respect, and are striving together for the faith of the 
gospel. Some of the churches have enjoyed gracious revivals of religion, and 
have received considerable accessions to their numbers ; and iseem to be realizing 
the promises ot God upon, them and their children, 
To God be all the glory. Amen. 

Kespectfally subrnitted, G. W, EOLLIKS, Chc\i.rm.a^, 


The Committee on Kcligious Periodicals submit the following report, viz : 

Whereas, much good has been realized from perusing well conducted religion* 
newspapers and other religious publications, your committe(> therefore recom- 
mend to our churches in union a spirit of liberality, in regard to patronizing our 
own denominational workis, including books and papers. Almost any denomina- 
tional work that may be desired, can be obtained on cheap terms at the South 
Western Publishing House at Nashville, Tennessee — Graves, Marks & Co., Pub- 
lisliers. The Biblical Recorder^ our own State organ, is published at Ealeigh, N. 
C, by brethren James & Walthall — tjcrms, $2 00 a year — a newspaper of gretit 
merit, and well deserving patronage by the denomination. 

The " Tennessee Baptist," by Graves, Pendleton & Hendriokson, Nashville, 
Tennessee, $3 00 per annum, is one of the ablest defenders of Baptist principles 
now published. 

" The Commission," published in Jlichmond, Ya. — a Monthly — is a periodical 
of sterling merit. Terms, $1 00 per annum. 

The " Home & Foreign Journal," published at the same place, monthly, at 25 
cents per annum, is a good little sheet, ^,nd worthy of patronage. 

The " Children's Friend," published in Nashville, Tennessee, is an invaluable 
Sunday School paper, by Elder A, C. Dayton — terms, 25 cents per anm^m, month- 
ly — and should be in every family. 

Your committee urge iipon the attentloa of the brethren those periodicals, and 
entertain the hope that they will take measures to give them a greater and more 
general eirculation amongst our churches.. 

Respectfully submitted, A., A. McSWAIN., ChairmaiT,., 


The Bodrd of Missions submit the following report,, viz :: 

We appointed Elder W. Hill to preach monthly at Long Creek cliurch on Sat- 
urdays, and at the town of Dallas on Sabbaths. We agreed to give him for that 
service one hundred dollars, he collecting such part of the amount from the churcii 
and congregations as he could during the year. Bro. Hill reports that he has com- 
plied with said appointment, and has had large and attentive congregations, with 
a good degree of seriousness, but no accessions to the church by baptism. He has 
collected on the mission field fifty dollars, and your Board has paid him $00, as in 
cash the balance of his salaiy. We also employed Elder L. M. Berry to preach 
monthly at the town of Newton, Catawba county, Eamsour's Scliool House, and 
at Lebanon church. He reports that he has preached once in each znonth of the 
year at those places, attending at the two first named i:)lace3 on Sabbatlis, had 
pretty large congregations, and is not without hope that some good has been real- 
ized from his labors. You? Board has paid him one hundred dollars in caish, and 
authorized him to retain whatever he collected in the field of his labors during the 
year. Respectfully submitted, 

P. K. ELAM, 
E. T. HORD, 
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least for Associations. But if the reader will take the pains to read the whole 
chapter, he wiU find the brethren at Antioch, who were Gentiles, were not willina: 
to submit to circumcision and Moses' law, as some under pretended authority had 
taui^ht them. Paul and Barnabas, therefore, took it into head to go up to Jeru- 
salem- to consult the mother church, about this question, because there abode her 
Apostles and Elders, all laboring under divine inspiration. With them, therefore, 
they came together in a church conference, and then and there decided that they 
had given no such authority; and after writing letters to Antioch, and to otherm 
concerned about the matter, appointed brethren to bear the same, who also should 
tell them the same by word of mouth. This council or conference then, was m 
every respect dissnnilar to our xlssociations. 

First. It was not an annual or a periodical meeting. 

Second. It was not a. meeting for business trant^actiaa, but simply a meeting t^ 
settle a theological question that had arisen. 

But it may be asked,. May Ave not now settle all om" tlieological dili'erenccs by a 
Council or an Association? We answer, No. We are not now divinely inspired 
as was tlie Apostles and. Eklers at Jerusalem. 

We say, then, in settling all our theological questions, we must take them vip to 
the Apostles an-d Elders, and let them settle them for us ; i. e., let the New Testa- 
me-nt Scriptures, which is the only sure rule of fa>ith and practice, settle them tor 
us. You ask, then^if the 15th chapter of Acts does not afford sufficient precept 
or example for Associations, why have them ? Answer : We claim them upon the 
ground of expediency. Eeligion has its laws and promises, and they are given too 
by the Lawgiver in Zion, and these arc as immutable and unchangeable as their 
author. Yet many things pertai^iing to the establiahnaent and propagation of 
Christianity arc of necessity left to be settled by time and circun:istances ; in a 
word, by expediency. Take for an illustration the following : We have no accon)]t 
of any houses of worship being erected in the days, of the Apostles. Yet they 
were commanded to preach the gospel. Now if this could be done most success- 
fully without houses, then it would be wrong to build and use them. But on ex- 
amination, Ave fLnd the Apostles at first lui'l thefre,e use of the Temple and Jewish 
Synagogues, but time and circinuiftances have made it expedient to build houses 
in A^-hich to worship God., Agaiu, there was no religious Periodicals in the days 
of the Apostles. Y'et we find them a matter of gri-at expediency in disseminatino; 
religious truth all around, where it could hardly be said to be expedient for tli*^ 
living ministry to go. And again, no translations of the holy Scriptures were 
made in the days of the Apostles, and nothing said about it. Yet time and cir- 
cumstances has made it, not only e.xpedieiit, but a matter of absolute necessity, 
to translate the Scriptures into many different languages and dialects ; and this i« 
done in order to carry out successfully the great Commission of our blessed Saviour, 
to preach the gospel to every creature. We give yet another ilbistration. We 
perceive in this same ComfUiLssion of Christ to his Apostles, we are commanded t<> 
baptize all that believe. Well, every man of common Bible information knows that 
baptism means immersion and nothing else. The Saviour in the same Commission 
did not say to the Apostles or to the church make pools and dam up creeks and 
branches for this purpose ; yet sometimes we find it necessary to do this in order 
to baptize those Avho believe through the preaching of the pure gospel. Then w<? 
niahitain the churches have a right to organize themselves into associate bodies to 
carry out the Commission of Christ, on 1,he ground of expediency. The fact is, if 
churches are authorized to do any thing for the promotion of Christianity, they ar^j 
authorized to use combined effort, provided no law of Christ be violated ; and 


we luaintain that none is violated in the organization of an Association, provided 
sucli bodies do not attempt to act beyond their proper spliore, or assume powers 
l>ropcrly belonging to the churches in a church oapacitv only. The question then 
arises, "What is, and what is not, the legitimate work of Assoeiations ? "We main- 
tain the proper work of an Association is to strive for the unity of the Spirit in 
the bonds of peace amongst the churches; the employment and sustaining of 
missionaries in destitute fields ; to keep up our statistical accounts ; to concen- 
t-rate our efforts together for the advancement of the Eedeeracr's cause on earth, 
and for the deposition of the works of darkness ; and finally "to provoke one an- 
other to love and good works." 

"We thinii, from all wc can find of the doings of the first Associations, as given 
to us by history, the Baptists had no other object in view in their first organiza- 
tion. In Davis' History of the Welch Baptists we find an Association in exis- 
tence in the first part of the sixth century holding a meeting on the borders of 
Herefordshire, Wales. History gives us but little of their doings more than to 
inform us that Austin, the Eomish monk, appeared at that meeting and said he 
would propose three things to the Welch ministers and messengers of the differ- 
ent churches o^ the principality : first, he proposed infant baptism. In this he 
was immediately answered by the Welch Baptists that they would keep this or- 
dinance as wdll as all other things as they had received them from the Apostolic 
age. On this AuBtin became exceedingly wroth, and influenced the Saxon pa- 
gans to miircier 1,200 ministers and delegates there present. After this we lose 
sight of Associations until after the Eeformation, when we again find Associations 
organized at Abergavarny, Monmouth Shire, Wales. On f the 14th and 15th days 
of August, 1G53, in this meeting, the principal business was Missionary work as 
History informs us. It was here proposed to revive the old plan of supporting 
ministers in weak and destitute chii^ches. Whereupon Wra. Thomas was appoint- 
ed missionary for six months and received from those churches about £10. From 
tlie foregoing facts the reader will readily see the old plan revived in the 16th cen- 
tury had for its object the support of the gospel in destitute places by the strong- 
est churches aiding the weaker ones. Then the missionary cause is not a new 
thing as some vainly suppose, but the old plan revived ; and we trust that this As- 
sociation will never lose sight of this grand object — the spread of a pure gospel^ un- 
til tlie kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of God and of His 
Christ. Jilany churches and brethren, however, have fallen into a mistaken no- 
tiion about the design and authority of iVssociations, and wish to use them only as 
courts of appeals as holding some kind of superior authority over the churches. — 
This has partly risen as we suppose from the unscriptural authority assumed by 
Councils, Synods, Presbyteries and Conferences, which assume to make la\V5>, and 
settle difficulties for their churches or congregations. 

Dear brethren, we say in positive terms with the Holy ;6ible before us, that this 
Association presumes to hold no such authority over God's heritage. We make 
"ho laws to govern the clmrches. The BiOle alone affords a sufilcient code for the 
government of God's people ; and this is clearly taught by Paul, when he says to 
Trmo'thy, his son in the gospel, " All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, 
find is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in right- 
eousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thereby furnished to every good 
work." — 2nd Timothy, 3rd chap., 16th and 17th refses. 

Christ, the head of the Church, has given to it its laws, the Church therefore 
baa no right, neither has any of its functionaries to add to, take from, alter or 

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amend the same. Baptists have always been tenacious for tlie pure Scriptures as 
the only law t^govern God's people in religious matters ; and hence has arisen 
their oppositio^o the wicked practice of uniting Chiirch and State. As wo 
stated in the outset, the laws of Grod are inln'iutable and unchangeable. In the 
18th chapter of Matthew we have the 'hnv for dealing in private otfences wliich is 
as follows, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee go and tell him his 
fault between thee and hin^i alone, if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained tby 
brother; but if he will not hear thee, then take With thee one or two more tliat in 
the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established ; and if he shall 
neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church ; but il he neglect to hear the church, 
let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican " That is, excommunicate 
him* which is the inal issne of the whole matter. No intimation wiiatever is 
<Tivcn by the Saviour that either party may, if he or they be dissatisfied with the 
decision of the church, appeal to some higher authority. And again, in public 
offences, as in the case of the incestuous person in 1st Corinthians 5th chapter, 4th 
and 5tk verses, we are taught "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when yc 
are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to 
deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may 
be saved in the day of the Lord Jesua." No law for an appeal appears in this case, 
"but the trial is final. The church then is the highest ecclesiastical authority on 
earth, and has no original or independent sovereignty of her own that she can dele- 
gate to any one else. This arises from her independent form of government — one 
church not being bo«nd by the act of another, especially when said acts are unscrip- 
tural and wicked. This being the case, there is therefore no necessity for appeals 
to Associations. If a nwrnbe-r or members feel that they have been wickedly and 
unscriptnrally dealt with and excluded, it is his or their duty to go to the church 
thus dealing, and remonstrate with them ; and if she still persist in his or their 
exclusion, he or they may then lay the matter before another church, which may 
in its independency and discretion restore the excluded member or members. 
We would not advise this course, however, until the last named church has made 
herself fully acquainted with all the facts of the case, and then faithfully la- 
bored with the excluding church. Then if .in the opinion of the church to which 
the excluded member or members have applied, the excluding church acted wick- 
ed and unscripturally, she may receive them into her fellowship. 

"We do not think the wicked -and imscriptural acts of one church can bind the 
acts of every other church. If so, every church must act wickedly because one 
church has chose to do so. 

We do say then, according to the laws of Christ, one Church is not, bound 
by the sins of another church. The facts of the case are about these ; if a 
Church in her independency wickedly and unscripturally excommunicates a 
member from her fellowship, another church in her independency may rights 
ously restore him to fellowship, and yet no right of any church is by this 
act violated. In conclusion, we then say, the churehes in their associate capac- 
ity have a right to say what Churches may be admitted into the confederacy 
and what churches shall not ; and] in cases of divisions among churches where 
both parties shall send up a lettar and delegates to the Association, she may 
decide which, i f either j arty, she will receive into her confederacy, and, in doing 
this, she is -certainly not interfering with the internal rignts of any church. 

Our earnest prayer to God is that peace and prosperity may long continue to 
abound among the . churches composing this an-d similar bodies. Amen, 

L. M. BEKEY, Mod. 
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On Friday before the 4th Sunday In October, 1861, 





. proceeMngs, 

Friday, October 25th, 1861. 

The Association convened according to adjournment last 
year, and the introductory sermon was delivered by Elder K. 
r . Logan from John 3 : 7 — "Marvel not that I said unto thee, 
ye must be born again." 

After prayer by Elder G. W. Kollins, a recess of 30 min- 
utes was taken for refreshment ; when the delegates from the 
churches again re-assembled in the house, and Elder L. M. 
Berry led in prayer, and then proceeded to organize the As 

Brethren E. S. Kamsour and J. W. Green were nominated 
as reading clerks, when the churches were severally called, 
their correspondence received and read, and statistics minu- 

On motion, the committee sent last year to Zion and Walls 
churches, had leave to report, which was adopted, and re- 
ports ordered to be printed. (See Appendix A and B.) 

On motion, opened a door for the reception of churches de- 
siring to join our union ; when the church at Bethel, a new 
constitution, situate in Iredell county, K. C, applied for 
membership, and was cordially received. 

Elected Elder L. M. Berry, Moderator, and Brother J. K, 
Logan, Clerk. 

Called for correspondence from sister Associations, and re- 
ceived from the Gren River Association, a letter by the hands 
of Elders Lewis McCurry and A. J. Cansler. 

From the Broad River — a letter and package of minutes 
by their messengers, Elders D. Wray and B. Bonner and 
Bro. T. H. MuUuiax. 

From the Bethel— a letter, but no messenger. 

From the Catawba River^a letter and package of min- 
utes, and Brother J. Broomfield messenger. 

Appointed Elder G. W. Rollins, J. "W. Green, D. Setzer, 
with the Moderator and Clerk, a committee of Arrangement. 

Appointed brethren G. M. Webb, A. Beam, and W. S. 
Litten a committee to arrange preaching during the session, 


with instructions to confer with the Eldership of the Lincoln- 
ton church. 

On motion, the Association adjourned to meet again at 9 
1-2 o'clock A. M. on to-morrow, with an agreement to spend 
30 minutes in solemn prayer in behalf of the soldiers now en- 
gaged in defending the rights and liberties of the Southern 
Confederacy before taking up the business of the Associa- 
tion. Elder L. McCurry led in prayer. 

Saturday, 9 1-2 o'clock A. M. 

The Association convened in prayer meeting according to 
adjournment, and Elders L. McCurry and P. R. Elam led 
in prayer in behalf of the Confederate army ; after which the 
Association resumed business, Elder G, W. Rollins leading in 

The roll of delegates was called, and absentees marked by 
the Clerk. 

The journal of yesterday's proceedings was read and ap- 

On motion, the committee of Arrangement reported a plan 
of business and were discharged. 

On motion, the old Constitution, Rules of Order and Ab- 
stract of Principles, and also, the new Constitution as report- 
ed by the committee of last year, were read by the Clerk. 

On motioii, the Moderator announced the following com- 
mittees, viz : 

On Union Meetings — Brethren W, B. Lovelace, W. S\ Lit- 
ten and W. Alexander. 

On Finance — Brethren F. S. Ramsour, A. Clark and G. 
M. Webb. 

On Temperance — Brethren W. W. Green, E. J. Lovelace 
and R. TJ. Patterson. 

On Ministers and Deacons' Meetings — Brethren J. W. 
Green, H. C. Caldwell and W. Hamrick. 

On Domestic Missions and State of Religion amongst the 
Churches — Elders P. R. Elam, R. Poston and Bro. D. Cline. 

On Corresponding Letters and Minutes — Brethren J. J. 
Hicks, W. Smart and J. A. Parker. 

On Obituaries — Elders G. W. Rollins, A. A. McSwain, P. 
R. Elam. On motion, the Moderator was added to the list, 
and brethren L. McCurry and A. J. Cansler requested to as- 
sist the committee. 

On motion, read and adopted tbe Circular Letter prepared 
hj Elder G. W. Kollins. 

"^Elected Elder G. W. Kollins to preach the Missionnry ser- 
mon at the next session of the Association. 

Elected Elder P. E. Elam to preach the sermon introduc- 
tory to the next Association. Elder L. M. Berry alternate. 

Elected Brother J. K. Logan to write the Circular Letter 
for next year, and chose his subject. 

Ilecess 1 1-2 hours for refreshment. 

Met again, and Elder R. Boston led in prayer, when the 
Association resumed business. 

The Committee on Union. Meetings reported that they had 
arranged that only one Union Meeting be held for next year, 
and that the same be held with the Sandy Bun Church, com- 
mencing on Friday before the 3rd Lord's day in August next. 

The Committee on Ministers and Deacons' meetings, repor- 
ted that they had arranged that a meeting of Ministers and 
Deacons be held at the same time, at the same Church ; 
which report was concurred in by the Association. 

The following brethren were then appointed to attend the 
meeting as above arranged, viz : Elders G. W. BoUins, P. B, 
Elam, B. P. Logan, A. A. McSwain, and B. Boston. 

The following brethren were appointed Corresponding Mes- 
sengers, viz : to the Green Biver, (which convenes at Cool 
Spring Church, Butherford Countv, X. C, Friday l)efore 2nd 
Sabbath in October next.)— Elders B. P. Logan, G. W. Bollins, 
A. A. McSwain, B. Boston, L. M. Berry, and brethren J. C. 
Lattimore, J. W. Green, G. M. Webb, ^V. B. Lovelace, and 
J. B. Logan. 

To the Broad Biver, (which convenes at Bethesda, Spar- 
tanburg District, S. C, on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in 
August next)— Elders B. B. Elam, B. B. Logan, B. Boston, 
and brethren J. C. Lattimore, W. W. Green, and J. B. Logan. 

To the Bethel, (which convenes at Beaver Creek, Chester 
District, S. C, Friday before the 4th Sabbath in September 
next) — Elders A. A. McSwain and P. B. Elam. 

To the Catawba Biver, (which convenes at Zion, Burke 
county, I^. C, Friday before the 2nd Sabbath in October 
next) — Elders A. Hilderbran, G. W. Bollins, Bro. D. Setzer. 

The committee on Temperance reported, which was adop- 
ted. (See Appendix, letter C.) 

The committee on Corresponding Letters and Minutes re- 
ported, recommending more faithfulness on the part of cor- 
responding messengers, and also recommending that an. epis- 


tolary correspondence be opened by tbis body witb tbe Brown's 
Creek xissociation. (For corresponding letter, see Appendix 

The committee on Finance reported $27 90 contributed by 
the churches for minutes. Whereupon, the Association or> 
dered that the clerk have as many copies of the Minutes and 
Circular Letter of this session printed and distributed among 
the churches as the funds will pay for, after retaining $10 for 
his services. 

Our Presbyterian and Methodist friends tendered their re- 
spective houses of worship to the use of the body on the Sab- 
bath for Divine services, which were cordially accepted. 

The committee on Preaching reported their arrangement 
for the Sabbatli as follows, viz : Elder L. Mc Curry to preach 
at the Presbyterian church at 10 o'clock A. M." and Elder 
L. M. Berry to preach the Missionary sermon at the same 
hour at the Methodist church ; after which, a public collection 
to be taken up for Domestic Missions. Elder A. J. Cansler 
to preacli at the Presbyterian clmrcli at 2 o'clock P. M., and 
p]lder B. Bonner to preach at the same time at the Metliodist 
cliurch. After prayer by Elder B. Bonner, the Association 
adjourned until 9 o'clock A. M. on Monday morning next. 

Sunday, 27th. 
The pulpits of the Presbyterian and Methodist houses of 
wors]iip were occupied by those appointed to preach: two ser- 
mons were delivered at each house, and at night a sermon 
was delivered by Elder A. J. Cansler at the White church. — 
The congregations although comparatively small, were well 
ordered and attentive. The word was exhibited with faith- 
fulness and zeal, with some apparent good etlect ; and we 
liope many will have it to say in the sequel of the meeting, 
'' it was good to be here.'' A public collection amounting to 
f$lS for Domestic Missions was taken up at the close of the 
services at the Methodist church. 

Monday, 28th. 
The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer 
])y Elder B. Bonner. 

' The roll was called, and a quorum of delegates being pres- 
ent, the Association proceeded to business. 

The Treasurer of the Missionary Board, reported casli on 
hand at this session, $ 80 IS 

Unpaid subscriptions, 120 00 

Aggregate amount of funds, $200 18 

Elder L. M. Berry, having labored as a missionary, six 
months of the past yeai'in the same field as occupied in 1S59, 
the Treasm-er was therefore, ordered to pay him the sum of 
$50, which was done ; which being deducted, leaves an un- 
expended balance of cash on hand amounting to $30 IS. 

On motion, the Moderator appointed Elder P. R. Eram, A. 
Goodson and W. S. Litten a committee to nominate a mis- 
sionary Board for the ensuing Associational year, who ap- 
pointed J. R. Logan, Sr., J. C. Lattimore, W. B. Stroud, J. 
W. Green. ^ ^ - >^ 

The report of the revision conmiittee on the Constitution 
was read by the Clerk and adopted by the body, ayes 16, 
nays 13. Tlie old Constitution was therefore superceded. 

The committee on Domestic Missions and State of Religion 
amongst the Churches reported, which was adopted. (See 
Appendix E.) 

Tlie committee on Obituaries reported. (See Appendix F.) 

Zion church petitioned for a letter of dismission to join 
Broad River Association, but not giving satisfactory state-- 
A ments, her petition was rejected. 

On motion the following resolutions were adopted, viz : 

Whereas, At the last session of this body, we were Irom a sense of du- 
ty constrained to withdraw from the churches at Bethel. Beav^rdam, and 
§andy Plains, by reason of their refusal to adopt, and carry out the prin- 
ciples ot Temperance as embodied in %he resolution adopted by this body 
at its session of 1S59 ; and whereas, since our last session, the churches at 
Boihng Spring, Mount Sinai, Mount Pleasant. High Shoals and Mount 
Paran. have rent off from our union, and leagued with those churches al- 
C. ready withdrawn from for the ostensible object or purpose of forming 
/ tliemselves into a separate Association with anti-temperance prochyities; 
which act if consummated will be irregular, and contrary to the usages of 
Baptists in good order and ortliodox standing. Therefore be it 

Besolved, By this Association, That the churches above named, in such 
new and spurious organization, shall be no longer recognized by this body 
as orthodox : and we hereby ignore all intercourse and christian corres- 
pondence with them for the future, while they remain disorderly, and cau- 
tion our sister Associations with whom we correspond, to hold them at a 
distance as a heterodox and disorderly body, 

Re.'^olvetl That in all the recent battles fought and won by the Confede* 
rate array since the commencement of the present unjust and unholy war 
^ 1 upon the South by the abohtionists of the North, this Association recog- 
nizes the linger of God in his special providence, interposing in our behalf, 


as an oppressed section or nation ; for which, as a christian body, we feel 
it to be our duty, in deep humility, to return thanks to the supreme Ruler 
of the universe, whose right and prerogative it is to control not only the 
actions and destinies of men, but also of nations. We therefore agree to 
set apart the 25th of December, and 1st day of January next^ as days of 
fasting, humiliation and prayer, and hereby requeet the Pastors and Sup- 
plies of churches in our Union, to assemble their congregations at their 
respective houses of worship on the days set apart for the worship of Grod. 
And we further invite the co-operation of all those who love God, and 
our country in invoking his blessings upon our army and the cause of the 
oppressed ; that He may thwart the evil machinations of our enemies, 
give them better hearts and purer dispositions towards us, and finally re- 
store peace and harmony to our once happy, but now distracted and 
bleeding country. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due, and hereby respectfully 
tendered to the brethren and citizens of the town and surrounding vicini- 
ty ol Liucolnton, for the very urbane and hospitable manner in which 
they have accommodated the delegates and messengers of this Association. 
And we also return our thanks to our Presbyterian and Methodist friends 
for their kindness in tendering to us their respective houses of worship for 
divine service on. the Sabbath. May the choicest blessings of heaven rest 
upon them. 

Resolved, That tlie next session of this body be held with the church at 
Nev.' Bethel, 15 miles North of Shelby, in Cleveland county, N. C, at the 
usual time in 1862. 

After the reading of the Minutes, Bro. Broomfield prayed, 
and the Association adjourned to the time and place above- 

L. M. BEIiEY, Moderator. 

J. It. LoG^N, Clerk. 


To the Kirm'^s Mountain Baptist Association : 

Dear Bkethken, — We propose to write a brief essay on the 
subject of cbristian love, as it stands revealed to us in the 
Scriptures. Christian love then is a gracious principle 
wrought in the soul by the power of God through the means 
of his grace, which iiicline its subject to obey Christ, and 
study to promote his cause, and advance his kingdom on the 
earth, and to seek the good and welfare of all men every- 
where. We are told in the Scriptures that "G-od is love, and 
that he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in 
him ;" hence we find that this love is reciprocal, flowing first 
from the great Source and Fountain of eternal life, to the 
perishing, fallen and ruined sons and daughters of men, espe- 
cially to them that believe in his name, for says the Apostle 
John to his brethren, " we love him because he first loved us, 
and washed us from our sins in his own blood." 

When God spoke to Israel of old, he said, " he had loved 
them with an everlasting love, and that with loviDg kindness 
he had drawn them ;" and again, it is said, '' behold what 
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we 
should be called the sons of God." We also learn that '' God 
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life. For God sent not his Son into tlie world to con- 
demH the world, but that the world through him might be 

We find then that this love is like its Author, of an un- 
changeable, and everlasting duration ; extending over all the 
earth, and is sufiicient to cover every sin, reaching from eter- 
nity to eternity, and saving to the uttermost, all that come 
unto God by, or through its channels. 

So, dear brethren, we would now say, may its heavenly in- 
fluence ever dwell upon our hearts, and sanctify our minds, 
until in the spirit of the Poet we can all exclaim : 

" Oh for this love, let rocks and hills, their lasting silence break. 
And all harmonious, hunaan tongues, the Saviour's praises speak." 

Kow, if God, so loved us, we ought also to love one anoth- 


er, " for every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also 
that is begotten of him," " and we know that we have passed 
from death nnto iife, because we love the brethren," " he that 
loveth not his brother abideth in death ; and again, " by this 
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, says Christ, if 
ye have love one to another," and we understand that we are 
to love, not in word, and in tongue only, but in deed and in 
truth, not as Cain who slew his brother because his own work* 
were evil, and his brother's righteous. 

Christian love induces us to love the Lord our God with 
all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, 
and our neighbor as ourselves, and to do unto, all men as we 
would they should do unto us. In this sense it is, and no 
other, that love is said to be the fulfilling of the whole law. 
Let us henceforth double our diligence in exercising this hea- 
ven-born principle, that we may more fervently love one an- 
other with pure hearts, " thereby being enabled to lay aside 
all malice and guile, and hypocricies, and all manner of evil 
speakings, and as new-born babes desire the sincere milk of 
the word, that our growth in grace may be more abundant ; 
going on to perfection, adding to our faith, virtue ; and to 
virtue, knowledge ; and to knowledge, temperance ; and to 
temperance, patience ; and to patience, godliness ; and to god- 
liness, brotherly kindness ; and to brotherly kindness, chari- 
ty," — =thu& enabling us to serve God consistently with rever- 
ence and godly fear, ever mindful of the fact that we are not 
our own, but that we have been bought with a price, and 
should therefore glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits 
which are His ; showing by our chaste walk and godly con- 
versation, that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, 
knowing that against such there is no law ; thus making our 
faith and works harmonize in the true spirit of the Gospel, 
until every minister and every church of Jesus Christ can 
exclaim with one heart and one voice, in the language and 
spirit of the Psalmist David, when he said, " Behold how 
good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in 
unity." Then shall the world be constrained to say, see how 
these brethren love one another ; for it is by these things that 
all men are to know that we are the disciples of Christ, and 
if we love one another we also are to know that we are his 
disciples, for w^e understand this to be the true witness in the 
breast of every saint. L. M. BEEKY, Moderator* 

J. R. LoGANj Clerk. 


The committee appointed at last session to visit and look 
into the standing at Wall's church, upon the subject of Tem- 
perance, beg leave to submit the following report : 

We met at Wall's Meeting House on the 28th and 29th 
days of December, 1860, and, after a full and fair investiga- 
tion of all the facts presented, find 26 white members beside 
three colored, standing firm upon the subject of Temperance, 
and laboring to carry out the resolution of your body at its 
session in 1859, including three deacons of said church. We 
also ascertained the facts connected with the transaction of 
said church prior to the meeting of the committee as follows: 
That at the November meeting the church met, but having 
no regular supply, did not sit in conference, and as the 26 
members understood, agreed to have no meeting until the meet- 
ing of the committee. But at the time of the December 
meeting, that part of the church opposed to Temperance met, 
preferred charges, and excluded, or pretended to exclude 
the eight members petitioning your body for a committee, 
which they did, as they confessed to the committee, for the 
enormous crime of joining the temperance party (?) And all 
this business transaction was done, with a man presiding as 
Moderator, whom your body decided at its last session, was 
in disorder ; and moreover, the said anti-temperance part 
of the church holds and refuses to surrender the church-book, 
and although the keys, with the house, were in the possession 
of the Temperance part of the church, the Anties have fas- 
tened the house with three additional locks, and when we 
met, obstinately and wickedly refused to let tlie committee 
or the congregation enter the house. The committee, there- 
fore, have no hesitancy in pronouncing the 26 white mem- 
bers with the 3 colored, as the regular Baptist church at 
Wall's, and the anti-temperance party as a rebellious faction 
in gross disorder, and not worthy the name of '* Baptist." 
Kespectfullv submitted. 




The committee appointed by your body at its last session 
to visit and look into the standing of Zion church, upon the 
bubject of Temperance, beg leave to submit the following re- 
port : 

We met with the aforesaid church on the 26th day of De- 
cember, 1860. The church kindly received the committee, 
and then presented us with the records of the church, con- 
taining a strict temperance resolution, with an. assurance on 
her part, that the same should be carried oht. The church 
then preferred charges against six of its members for distil- 
ling and vending ardent spirits, two of whom were immedi- 
ately excluded. The cases of the others were continued until 
their next regular conference. The committee, therefore, 
would fain hope that the church will immediately redeem 
herself from the blighting thraldom of Alcohol. 
Respectfully submitted. 




Your committee, beg leave to submit the following report^ 
viz : 

Tiiere appears to be some dissatisfaction among some of the 
churches on this question, which we are sorry to see. Tlie 
question to be asked, is, are the principles contained in the 
temperance resolution passed by this body at its session in 
1851), scriptural or not? I^oone will dare to say that they 
;ire anti-scriptural. If then our position on this question is 
scriptural, it must be'' maintained, if it should be in our 
separation with many of our once highly esteemed breth- 
ren. It is much preferable and profitable, to pleasej God^than 
i^ome of our unstable members. Let us never yield an inch. 
Victory is certain. 

lliere are many ways, by which some of our brethren avail 
tlicmselves of dodging the standard, raised by us on this ques- 
tion, by the use of medicines. Oh! hypocrite ! better that 
you liad never professed such a noble cause, that you novr so 


mucli abuse. Brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always 
abounding in the work of our Lord; for as much as you know 
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 
Respectfully submitted. 

W. W. GEEEK, Chm^n. 



The King's Mountain Ba^ptist Association to her corresjpond- 
i/ng sisters in union, sendeth christian salutation, Greeting. 

Deakly Beloved Brethren : — We have again, through 
God's providence, been permitted to assemble together in an 
associate capacity with the church at Lincolnton ; and, we are 
happy to inform you, that we have had a very pleasant, and 
we hope profitable session. Some of our churches in union 
report prosperously while others appear to be in a cold and 
languid state. Eight of the churches formerly in union with 
us, having made a stumbling block of our action upon the 
subject of Temperance, have gone out from among us to set 
up for themselves. We very much deprecate the act of our 
brethren in their revolutionary project, and, would fain hope, 
4:hat on proper reflection, they will see the impropriety and 
folly of their course. While, however, they continue to per- 
sist in their reckless and disorganizing course, we can but 
consider them as being in disorder, and consequently can not 
hold christian intercourse with them. Being fully sensible of 
the disastrous consequences of dram-drinking by professing 
christians to the church of Jesus Christ, and, thoroughly con-. 
vinced, as we are, of our course being the only safe one, it can ^ 
not, therefore, be presumed or expected, that we should be 
influenced to recede from it. We expect to maintain our po- 
sition, God being our helper. We hope, therefore, our breth- 
ren, with whom we correspond, will render us such assistance 
as they may be able, to carry out the great principles for 
which we are contending, Our minutes will serve to com- 
municate to you more fully, our situation and standing as an 
association to which you are referred. 

Our next session will be held with the !N'ew Bethel church, 
about 15 miles north of Shelby, Cleaveland county, ]N". C, 
commencing on Friday before the 4th Lord's day in October 
1862, when, and where we shall be happy to receive your 


correspondence, either by letter or messenger, or both. May 
the God of all grace, continue to prosper his cause on the 
earth ; and may the time speedily arrive, when our once hap- 
py and prosperous country will be relieved from the thraldom 
of war, and be again restored to peace and harmony ; and the 
cause of Christ be made to flourish and shine with greater 
lustre and briiiancy, is the prayer of yours in Gospel bonds. 

L. MJ EEREY, Moderator. 
J. R. Logan, Clerk. 



We are sorry to say we are rather in a lukewarm condition 
on account of the war excitement into which we have been so 
deeply plunged. There has, owing greatly to this fact, been' 
but very little done in the shape of missionary labor. Our 
brother Berry preached in the destitute fields until July last, 
then left all and went to the war, leaving the mission now 
under the care of the Association vacant and unoccupied. — * 
But amidst all, we have had some good meetings, and a good- 
ly number notwithstanding, have been converted and added 
to the church of Christ ; for which We should feel thankful to 
God. There seems to be some dissatisfaction among the 
churches on account of our course in relation to temperance ; 
and some have refused to come up to the standard and identify 
themselves with us. Our duty, however, will obviously be, 
to strive to reclaim those churches from the error of their ways, 
not by conniving at their sins, but by being steadfast in the 
faith, and by preaching the truth to them, as revealed in the 
Bible. EespectfuUy submitted, 

P. E. ELAM, Chairman. 


The committee on Obituaries in the discharge of their duty 
have endeavored to ascertain, and bring to the notice of the 
association, those brethren belonging to the body, who have 
died during the past associational year ; and are much pained 
to chronicle the death of our much esteemed brethren. Elder 
Joseph Suttle and deacon Wm. Covington, both of whom, by 
the relentless hand of death, have fallen the past year. Elder 


Joseph Suttle was a faithful minister of Christ; about 35 
years of age ; was baptized in the year 1846 by Elder J. M. 
Webb into the faith and fellowship of the baptist chiirch of 
Christ at Concord, Rutherford county, N. C., of which county 
he was a native citizen ; and soon after, commenced preach- 
ing the imsearchable riches of Christ. As a preacher he was 
zealous and energetic ; mild and courteous ; his discourses 
were directed to the heart as well as the head : and scarcely 
ever failed to make a good impression. Where he labored, 
he was indefatigable in the ministry, laboring day and night 
in the cause of his Heavenly Master. But few, if any, had a 
larger number of seals to his ministry than brother Suttle. 
He was instrumental in bringing a large number of young 
persons to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus ; who 
are now in the fold, calling him blessed. 

By his faithfulness, upright and honest walk among men, 
he established for himself a name and character that will live 
to bless his posterity, while he rests in the silent grave, which, 
while living, he often referred to as his resting place from the 
cares and turmoils of this troublesome world. 

He died on the 26th of May last, in the full assurance of a 
blessed immortality. " Blessed are the dead w^ho die in the 
Lord : yea saith the spirit, that they jnay rest from their la- 
bors, and their works do follow them." 

Brother Covington was a father in Israel, having lived for 
half a century a pious and orderly member of the church ; 
discharging the duties of a deacon for many years. His godly 
walk and conversation was known to many ; while temperance 
was conspicuous among the christian virtues that adorned his 
character. He was an honest man. 

Your committee further recommend the adoption of the 

Resolved, That this association, together with the baptist denomination 
at large, have sustained a great loss in the death of our brethren ; and es- 
pt'jially in that of Elder Joseph Suttle, who was, at the time of his death, 
^n the prime and vigor of life, and actively engaged in the duties of the 
Gospel ministry. We sincerely sympathize with the family and friends 
of our deceased brethren, and hereby tender to them our condolence and 
warmest sympathies in their bereavement, alike distressing to them and 
to us. 

Respectfully submitted, 

P. R. £LAM, Chairman, 



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'^ Friday, Oct, 25, I5G1, 

The Associstion met according to appointment. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Dove Pannel, irom 5iii 
chapter and four first verses of first Peier. 

After a recess or 30 minutes, tor relreshment, the delegates re assembled in 
the Meeting House. Prayer by Elder Louis McSwain. Appointed Elder J). 
Pannel Moderator, and A. HarriH, Clerk proiem. 

The Churches were called to order by the presiding officer, when letters were 
handed in from the following Churches, viz : 

Boiling Springs, Betliel, Mount Paran, Sandy Plains, WalTs, Mount Pl<?asant, 
Mount Sinai, Beaverdam, High Shoals, and tb-e siat-e of th^ Churches minuted. 
The Association then proceeded to ballot tor Moderator and Clerk, when Eider 
Dove Pannel was duly elected Moderator and brother A. Harrili Clerk, where- 
upon the door was opened tor the reception of Churches;, when Mount Harmony, 
a new constituted Church in Rutherford county;>I. C, r^ade application by letter 
and delegates, A. Taney and Leonard Yetton, and was received 

Appointed brother Louis McSwain, VVm. McSwain, Martin Pannel, Dove 
Pannel and A. Harrili, a Committee oi Arrangements, with instruction to report 
on to-morrow. 

On motion adjourned till to-morrow morning 10 o'clock. Prayer by Elder 
Wm. McSwain. 

Saturday Mosnikg, Oct. 36th, 1861. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder Dove Pannel. 

Called the roll and found all the delegates to be present. 

The Committee of arrangements reporteti. Their report was adopted and 
they were discharged. " 

The Constitution and Rules of Decorum of the King's IVTountain Association 
was read, and ordered that they be printed in connection with the Minutes. Also 
the abstract of principles. 

Called for letters oi correspondence from Broad Riverj received none, from 
Bethel none. Catawba none, Taylorsvilie none. 


A Committee was appointed to write a letter of correspondence to be printed 
Wi h he .Viiuu 1 1< 

ApiJKihted Eldt-r Louis McSwain, Dove Panne! and Martin Pannel. 

'i ue iVluilt'ianir annuuticed ilie fi>llowin^ Cumrnitiees : 

To redes trict the Association, Elder Wm. McSwain, brothers A. Gettys and 
John Harrill. 

On Union Meetings, bros J. A. Wall, Wm. H. Carrol and A. Tony. 

On i'inance, A. Getfys, J. M. Gc»od and J B. Walker. 

On 'I'emperance, Elders Dove Pannel, Wm, McSwain, Louis McSwain, 
Mariin Pannel and brother A. Harrell. 

The Conimittee on Finance reported that they had received $20.15 trora 
Church and individuals, and was discharged. 

Elders D. Pannel, Wm McSwain Louis McSwain and Martin Pannel, was 
elec ed to preach on the Sabbath, and make their own arrangements. 

Elder Louis McSwain was elected to preach the Introductory Sermon next 
year, and Wm. McSwain, alierriate! 

Elder D. Pannel was elected to prepare a circular letter to be read before this 
Association at its next session and select his own subject. 

The next session of this body will be held with Mount Sinia Church, Cleave* 
land county, N. C , on Friday betV-re the 4ih Lords day in October, 1862, about 
li miles East of Ellises Ferry, on Broad River. 

The Committee to rede«sirict. the Association reported and was discharged. 

See Appendix A. 

The Cocnmiitee on Temperance reported and was discharged. 

See Appendix B. 

The Comnntiee to write a letter to be printed with the Minutes reported, and 
their report read and laid over until Monday morning. 

Prayer by Elder M. Pannel. Adjourned until Monday morning 9 o'clock. 

Sunday, Oct. 27—9 o'clock, A. M. 

The stand was occupied by those appointed. 

Elder Martin Pannel opened the services and was followed by Elder Wm. 

A recess of an hour was then had tor refreshments, when the congregation 
again assembled at the stand and was entertained by Eder Dove Pannel irom the 
1st chapter and 19ih verse of Ezekiel, which created qiiiie a sensation in a large 
and well ordered congregation, and was followed by Elder Louis McSwain in a 
warm exhortation. We hope the labors faithfully dispensed this day may prove 
a blessing to all who heard them. 

Monday Morning, Oct. 18 — 9 o'clock, A. M. 
The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Moderator. 

The Committee of correspondence reported and was discharged. 

See Appendix C. 

The Committee on Union Meetings reported and was discharged. 

The first to be held with Mount Harmony Church on Friday before the first 
Sabbath in June, 1862 Elder Wm. McSwain, Louis McSwain and Martin 
Pannel to attend it. Second Union Meeting to be held with Mount Paron 
Church commencing on Fri(i^:-.^ before the second Sabbath in August, 1862. 
Elders Wm. McSwain, Dove Pannel, Louis McSwain and M. Pannel to attend. 

Moved and seconded that the Clerk retain $5, and have as many copies of 
Minutes printed as he has money in his hands to pay for. 

Appointed Elders Dove Pannel and Louis McSwain, Correspondence Messen- 
gers to Broad River Association. 

Appointed Elders Martin Pannel and Wm. McSwain, correspondence Mes- 
sengers to Catawba River Assooiaiion. 

The letter to be printed with the Minutes was then taken up and adopted, 
and ordered to be printed. 

Resolved, That the delegates composing this Association tender their sincere 
thanks to the brethren and friends in the vicinity of Bethel Church for their 
kindness and hospitality displayed in the entertainment of this body during the 

On motion, the body having gone through with the business of the session, 
adjourned to the time and place above named. Prayer by Eider Martin PanneL 


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A. — The Committee to rede-sirict the Association submit the following report : 
Resolved, We beheve the current of Sdiidy Run will destrict Kings Mountain 
Association inio two sections, the East side lo be the first section and the West 
side to be tiie second sectiun. 

B.— The Committee on Temperance submit the following report : 
RtsolvedU As tne Christain is led by the spirit, the fruits ot the spirit should 
be seen in all their walks, which is as follows: Now the fruits of the spiiii is 
love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temper- 
ance, against such there is no law. Fa,ul to Galatians, 22d, 23d, 24th and 25th 

This Association advises our Churces to conform to these principles strictly, 
and keep intemperate persons out of the. Churches, and we advise all men who 
is given to habits ot intemperance to abstain trom the use of all intoxicating drinks, 
as they will destroy both soul and budy. 

C. — The Committee to write a letter of correspondence submit the following : 
The Consiiiuiiorial Association to her sisVrs, the Broad River, the Bethel, 
the Catawba River and the Taylorsville : Dear brethren : By the power of God 
we have been permitted to meet in an Associaiional capacity with the Church 
at Bethel. Our business was transacted with harmony and brotherly love, and 
notwithstanding our divided cundition we are still desirous to keep up a corres- 
pondence with you. The next session of our bodv will be held wiih the Mount 
Sinai Church, Cleveland, county N. C , one and a halt miles Eist of Ellis' Ferry, 
on Broad River, where we hope to receive your messenger. Dear brethren, pray 
for us, and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, amen, is the 
pray^-r of your little sister in Christ. 

The Commi tee to write a letter to be printed in connection with these Minutes 
submit the following : 

North Carolina. Rutherford county, Oct. 24th, 1861. 
To the Churches compos-ing a part of i he Kings Mountain Baptist Association: 
We believe in the independence of the Churchig^s ot Jesus Christ, ai^d that the 
Churche^h*ve*tt right to settle their own business without Committees sent by 
the Association, and that a majority ot the members present is the Church, and 
that the minority should submit unless the majority has acted unconstitutional, 
then, in that case, ihe minority may take their case to anoth^ Church, which is 
an independent body, and they may take up the case and act upon it. Also 
when the Association acts uncousiiiutional, then the Churches have a right to 
take their right into their own hands and act for themselves, therefnre V was 
the unconstitutional course pursued by the Moderator last year thai divided us, and 
not the Temperance question. It was the registering twelve or thirteen Churches 
their seats by delegation unconstiiiitional. For had the Association been organ- 
ized constitutional, and the Temperance quea|jo.n put to the body, we^would 
have submitted to the decision of the majority on that question, but as the 
matter stands as it is, we, the Constitutional Churches, being the true Kinss 
Mountairi Baptist Association, are siill desirous to correspond with ihe Baptist 
Association. We are just what we have alwe 'xbeen, adhering to the Consti- 
tution adopted at Double Springs in the year, 1851, and may the ereat head of 
the Churches bless the Constitutional Churches now and forevermore, amen. 

D. PANNEL, Chairman. 


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We, the united Baptist Churches of Jesus Christ, located in North and South 
Carolina, having obtained letters of dismission from ihe Broad River Bapiist 
Association, and having all beenJiaptized upon a profession ot laiih in Christ, 
are desirous of reciprocal union : We, therefore, propose to maintain the Order 
and Rules of an Association, according to the following system : 

1. The Association shall be formed of members elected by the different 
Churches in our union ; who, on producing certificates from their respective 
Churches, in support of their election, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2. The members thus chosen and convened, shall be known by the name of 
the King's Mountain Associa ion. 

3. T he Association thus organized, shall elect by ballot a Moderator and 
Clerk, both of whom shall be representatives of some one of the Churches ia 
union, and when so elecied, shall hold iheir ofiices for one year. 

4. This body shall have no coercive power to " lord it over God's heritage," 
or to infringe on any of the internal rights of the Churches in union, (while ihey 
remain orderly) but shall only act as an advisary Council, in all matters -^pect- 
ing their internal concerns. Nevertheless, ii become^ necesisary ic^ .^blisi ' 
some uniform rul8^/^nroGi^difi;''^>ord«r'to fAster and maintain iiiuon and 

— » '^iV%tian''f£lIowship. " 

5. When offences committed by one Church against another may occur, it 
shall be the duty of the offended Church to labor with the offender for satisfac- 
tion, and in case of failure to obtain redress, then call in the aid of one or two 

. other Churches in union to assist in ih% labor of reconciliation, and if satisfaction 

^(in the opinion of the helps thus called in) cannot be ob ained, then the aggrieved 

Church may bring the case before the Association, who are bound to act on it. 

6. Also, when a serious difference may arise in an individual Church, which 
the members thereof cannot reconcile, they shall call in the assistance of one or 
two more Churches in the union to assist in the work : and if satisfaction (in the 

," opinion of the helps) is not obtaine'' ijhe case may be brought before the Asso- 
ciation, who shall take it up and act upon it, 

7. And should an individual member or members be excluded from any 
Church in our union, if he, she or they, after maturely considering their own 
conduct, and the act of the Churci '■vail feel themselves aggrieved, they m.ay 
appeal to the Church for a new hearing, and it there cannot be a reconciliation 
obtained, the Church may'call in the aid of one or two sister Churches ; and, if 
In the opinion of the helps thus called vn, the member or members have been un- 
justly excluded, the case may come before the Ai^sociation to be acted on : Pro- 
vided always, in all cases of grievances, reference has been had to the 18 h Chap, 
of the Gospel by St. Matthew and other Scriptures which respects discipline, for 
the bringing to trial and determining on all cases of grievances ; and the Asso- 

^ ciation will not take up any case of the above kind, unless the above proceedings 
^^^^3?3ave been previously had thereon. 

|H|' 8. Every Church in the union naving a membership not exceeding 50 in 

'*■ number, shall be entitled to a represen.-ition of two Delegates m the Association, 

and when their number exceeds 100 members, and does not exceed 1.50, they 

shall be entitled to three delegates, when over 150 and not exceeding 200, four 


9. The delegates thus chosen an^ ^ent. are to be recommended to the Asso- 
ciation by letter from the Churcheiij^ whom they are sent, which shall be 
expressive of their fellowship, also the number of those baptized received by 
letter, dismissed, excommunicated, and the number deceased since the last 
Association and the total number in lellowsbip. t w-^^'Jff^, 


10. Churches producing letters of dismission from other Associations, and by 
petitioning, and also newly constituted Churches, who shall upon examination 
be found orthodox and orderly, by petitioning by le:ter and delegation, may be 
received into (his union, and the same shall be manifested by the Moderator, 
giving them the right hand in token of fellowship. 

11. The Association shall have power to exclude any Church from this 
union, who shall depart from the orthodox principles of the Gospel 

12. The .association shall endeavor to furnish the Churches with the Minutes 
of their proceedings, and to enable it to do so, each Church shall be required to 
contribu e such sums as may be proper and necessary. 

13. Every Q,uery sent by a Church, who has labored on it and fails within 
herself in getting a satistactory decision on it, shall be taken up by the Asso- 
ciation, and not otherwise. 

14. Any Church in our union having a member possessed with preaching 
talents, who is a candidate for the Ministry may invite brethren from one, two, 
or more sister Churches, the aid ot their Minister and other members, who in 
conjunction with the Church shall examine' the candidate; and it deemed- 
qualified, may license him to preach the Gospel among the Churches at discre- 
tion, which shall be reported to the Association and entered on the Minutes. 

15 Any Church having a licensed preacher who they deem worthy of cre- 
dentials, shall call a presbytery of Ministers of our union to officiate; and a 
presbytery thus called in, shall in all cases of ordinations, both of Ministers 
and Deacons and the Constitution ot Churches, be regulated by the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ 

16. The Association shall not adjourn until they have gone through the 
business regularly brought before them, except in extrao"dinary cases : but no 
act of the body shall go into operation until the close of the session. 

.17. The Minutes of the Association shall be read and corrected (if need be) 
and signed by the Moderator, and attested by the Clerk before the Association 
rises. ^' x_ 

18'' .^ ^ ■h'^^&^iw^ .eh^Jili all cases, be governed by a majority of the 
members present. ■ , ' ' ' ' ' i?"^ r^ :- ..;:-■ 

19. Voting shall be confined exclusive the body, in ail acts reti. 
their internal concerns; but the Assoc? .hm m;.y adnrtit any of the disi;i;' 

■ brethren in the ministry as assistants wi.y n y be present at the time ot their 

20. The Association when convened "sUrfU be governed by a regular and 
proper decorum, which they are authorized 'o form for themselves. \ 

21. No alteration or amendment, shall • r-ade to the Consiitmion unless 
'the same be concurred in by a majority o; ue members present, in two suc- 
cessive Associations. 


1. The Association shall be opened an?, closed by prayer. 

2. The Moderator shall be deemed a y ^7'\o\ order, and shall have a right tb 
call to order at any time ; also it shall \v}*^. rluiy to see that the Rules ot Don 
corum are attended to; to take the opinio i ot il.^ Ass^ociaiion on all quesiioila 
properly brought before the body. 'W 

3 Any member not satisfied with hi"^ >'5cision on an? point < 
appeal to the Association on the same day .iie decision is iju ;., i 
time. - , 

4. It shall be the duty of the Clerk ti ,' .ep a regular recoi'd of the tra: 
lions ot the Association. 

5. But one person shall speak at a tin;.; and he'shall rise to his Jeet 
obtain leave of the Moderator, and when \_Uas done speakinsfhe sha" 
and shall not speak more than twice on li./ ^ ime question, nor more than twenty 
minutes at one time, unless he obtain pe-'' •' ision of the Association. 

6. The Moderator, when addressed fci ave of speech, shaU. signify thcsarrn*^ 
by naming oi them or otherwise. 

^7. No member shall be interrupted wrii' speaking, unless he depart from the 
subject on hand, or use words of person,/ ,.;efiection ; or with a view ot calling 
to order tor some particular purpose. *>.,»• motion made and seconded, shal! 
come under the consideration of the Assc '^ition, except by him v/bo made it. 

8. Every case taken up by the Assoc: ?' shall be first dc:i'Jcd upon, bulori 
anothei is offered. 









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The Association met according to appointment. The introductory sermon 
•was preached by Elder L. H. McSwain, from 1st Corinthians, 12th chapter 
and 27th verse. 

After a recess of thirty minutes, for refreshment, the delegates assembled 
in the meeting house — prayer by Elder D. Pannell. 

The Churches were then called by the presiding officer, when letters were 
handed in and read from the following, viz : Boiling Spring, Bethel, Mount 
Paran, Sanday Plains, Walls, Mount Harmony, Mount Pleasant, Mount Sinai, 
Beaverdam, High Shoal, and the state of the Churches minuted. The Asso- 
ciation then proceeded to ballot for Moderator and Clerk. Elected Elder L. 
H. McSwain, Moderator, and brother VV. H. Carroll, Clerk. 

Opened the door for the reception of Churches into our union—none made 

Appointed brethren D. Pannell, Wm. McSwain, M. Pannell, with the Mod- 
erator and Clerk, a Committee to arrange the business of the Association. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock. 

Saturday, October 25. 

The Association met according to adjournment, prayer by Elder D. Pannell. 

Called the roll of delegates and found all present. 

Invited visiting Ministers of our faith and order, not delegates, to seats in 
Council, and received Elders D. Hilyard and C. E. Bechtler. 

Appointed P. Harmon and J. Matheny to act in conjunction with the El- 
dership of Mount Sinai Church, as a Committee, to arrange preaching during 
the sessions. 

The Committee of arrangements reported ; their report was received and 
they discharged. The Clerk read the Constitution, Rules of decorum and 
abstract of principles. 

Called for Letters of Correspondence : from Broad River, none; from Ca- 
tawba River, none ; from Bethel, none ; from Taylorsville, none. 

Appointed D. Pannell, Wm. McSwain and W. H. Carroll, a Committee to 
write a letter of correspondence. 

The following appointments of corresponding messengers to sister Associa- 
tions, were then made, to wit : 

To Broad River, L. H. McSwain, D. Pannell, W. H. Carroll, J. B. Walker 
and M. Pannell. 

To Catawba. Wm. McSwain, D. Pannell, L. H. McSwain, M. Pannell, R, 
fl. Green, J, A. Wall and J. Randall. 

The Moderator then announced the following Committees, viz :• 

On union meetings, N. Dobbins, J. Randall and J. Matheny. 

On Finance, A. Gettis, G. Davis and J. A. Wall. 

On Temperance, Wm. McSwain, D. Pannell and M. Pannell. 

Called for the Circular Lettei', which was read and received and ordered ta 
be printed with the Minutes. 

Proceeded to ballot for ministers to occupy the stand on Sabbath, which re- 
sulted in the choice of D. Pannell, D. Hilyard and L. H. McSwain, with the 
privilege of making their own arrangements. 

The next session of thi^ body will be held with the Church at Mount Har- 
mony, eleven miles east of Rutherfordton, on the Whiteside settlement road. 

Appointed D. Pannell, M. Pannell, Wm. McSwain, W. H. Carroll and W. 
S. McArthur, a Committee to see if they could decide on some time, earlier 
in the season, for the meeting, of this body. 

The Committee on Union Meetings reported and was discharged. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned until 9 o'clock, A. M., on Mon« 
day — prayer by Elder M. Pannell. 

Sunday, October 26. 
The day was so unfavorable that those elected to occupy the stand, could 
not do so ; but those that turned out, assembled in the house and was addres- 
sed by Elder L. H. McSwain, and the services closed by Elder Wm. McSwain. 

MoNDAYt October 27. 

The Association met according to adjournment — prayer by Elder L. H. 
McSwain ; called the roll and found the delegates present. 

The Committee on Finance reported and was discharged. 

The Committee on Temperance, reported and was discharged* See Appen* 
dix, A. 

The Committee on Correspondence reported and was discharged. See Ap- 
pendix, B. 

Eesolvedy That the Clerk have as many copies of the Minutes of our pro- 
ceedings printed as there will be money to pay for, after retaining $5 for his 
services. Adopted. 

This body recommends to the Churches, composing this Association, that 
they would make an effort to raise a fund sufficient to purchase a ledger to re- 
cord the proceeding of the Association annually. 

Elected Elder D. Pannell to preach the introductory sernion at* the next 
meeting of this body, and Elder Wm. MeSwain, to write the Circular Letter 
for 1863, and to select his own subject. 

The first Union Meeting to be held with the Church at Beaverdam, to opm- 

anence on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in July, 1863, Klders C. E. Bechtlefv 
D. Pannell, L. H. McSwain, M. Pannell and Wra. McSwain, to attend it. • 

The second Union Meeting to be held with the Church at Mount Pleasant, 
to commence on Friday before the second Sabbath in September, 1863, Elders 
D. Pannell, Wm. McSwain, M. Pannell, C. E. Bechtler and L. H. McSwain 
to attend it. 

On motion, the Clerk read the recorded proceedings of this session, as min- 
uted by him, which were approved, and the Moderator and Clerk were ordered 
10 assign the same. 

Besolved, That the delegates, composing this Association, tender their sin- 
*cere thanks to the brethren and friends in the vicinity of Mount Sinai Church, 
for the kindness and hospitality displayed in the entertainment of this body 
during the session. 

On motion, the Association then adjourned to the time and place a^bove 
named — prayer by Elder M. Pannell. 

L. H. McSWAIN, Moderator. 

W. H. Carroll, Clerk. 


A. The Committee on Temperance submit the following report. 
Resolved, As the Christian is led by the spirit of God, the fruits of the 

spirit should be seen in all their walks, which is as follows : Now the fruits of 
the spirit of God is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. Paul to the Gal. v: 
22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th verses. This Association advises our Churches to 
conform to these principles strictly, and keep intemperate persons out of the 
Churches, and we advise all men who are given to habits of intemperance, to 
abstain from the use of all intoxicating drinks, as they will destroy both soul 
and bod^^ 

B. The Committee to write a letter of correspondence submit the following: 
The Constitutional Asisociation to her sisters, the Broad River and. Catawba; 

Dear Brethren : By the power of God, we have been permitted to meet in 
an Associational capacity, with the Church at Mount Sinai ; our business was 
transacted with harmony and brotherly love, and notwithstanding our divided 
condition, we are still desirous to keep up a correspondence with you. The 
next session of our body will be h«ld with Mount Harmony Church, eleven 
jniles East of Butherfordton, N. C, on the Whiteside's settlement road, where 
we hope to receive your messenger. Dear brethren pray for us, and may the 
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all amen, is the prayer of your 
little sister in Christ. 

To the Churches composing a part of the King's Mountain Baptist Assooia- 

tioh, we. believe in the independence of the Churches of Jesus Christ: and 
that the Churches have a right to settle their own business, without Commit- 
tees sent by the Association, and that a majority of the members present is the 
Church, and that the minority should submit unless the majority has acted un- 
constitutionally, then, in that case, the minority may take their case to anoth- 
er Church, which is an independent body, and they may take up the case and 
act upon it. Also, when the Association acts unconstitutionally, then the 
Churches have a right to take their right into their own hands and act for 
themselves, therefore it was the unconstitutional course pursued by the Mode- 
rator at High Shoal, that divided us, and not the Temperance question ; it 
was the rejecting of twelve or thirteen Churches, their seats by delegation un- 
constitutional, for had the Association been organized constitutionally, and the 
Temperance question put to the body, we would have submitted to the decision 
of the majority on that question, but as the matter stands as it is, we, the 
Constitutional Churches, being the true King's Mountain Baptist Association 
are still desirous to correspond with the Baptist Association. We are just 
what we have always been, adhering to the Constitution adopted at Double 
Springs, in the year 1851, and may the great head of the Churches bless the 
Constitutional Churches now and forevermore, Amen. 

D. PANNELL, Chairman. 


The 3Iini8ters and Messengers of the Broad River Association to the Churches 

they represent^ send. Christian salutation :-^- 
Beloved Brethren : — 

According to a resolve of last year, we present you with Andrew Fuller's 
Letter on Church Discipline^ written in England, in 1799. — 

*'When the Apostles by preaching the word, had gathered in any place a 
sufficient number of individuals as believers in Christ, it was their uniform 
practice for the farther promotion of his kingdom in that place, to form thein 
into a religious society, or Christian Church. Being thus associated in the 
name of Christ, Divine worship was carried on, Christian ordinances observed^ 
holy discipline maintained, and the word of life, as the light by the golden 
candle-sticks, exhibited. Among them our Lord Jesus Christ, as the high 
priest of our profession, is represented as walking ; observing the good and 
applauding it ; pointing out the evil and censuring it ; and holding up life and 
immortality to those who should overcome the temptations of the present state. 

Let us suppose him to walk amongst our several churches, and to address 
us as he did the seven Churches in Asia. We trust he would find some things 
to approve ; but we are also apprehensive that he would find many things to 
censure. Let us then look narrowly into the Discipline of the primitive 
churches, and compare ours with it. 

By Discipline, however, w© do not meen to include the whole of the order 
of a Christian Church, but shall at this time confine our attention to that part 
**cf Church Government which consists in 

A mutual watch over one another, and the conduct we are directed to pur- 
sue in cases of disorder. 
y A great part of our duty consists in cultivating what is lovely, but this m 
"* not the whole of it ; we must prune as well as plant, if we would bear much 
fruit, and be Christ's disciples. One of the things applauded in the Church 
of Ephesus was, that they could not bear those who were evil. 

Yet we are not to suppose from hence that no irregularity or imperfection 
whatever, is an object of forbearance. If uniformity be required, in such a 
degree as that every diiference in judgment or practice shall occasion a sepa- 
ration, the Churches may be always dividing into parties, which we are persua- 
ded was never encouraged by the Apostles of our Lord, and cannot be justi- 
fied in trivial or ordinary cases. A contrary practice is expressly taught us 
in the Epistle to the Romans ; (chap, xiv.) and the causes in which it is to be 
exercised are there pointed out. An object of forbearance, however, must be 
one that may exist without being an occasion of dispute and wrangling in the 
Church; it must not be of doubtful disputation. - Ver. 1. It must not also 
respect things which do not enter into the essence of God's kingdom, the 
leading principles of which are righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy 
Ghost.— Ver. 16, 17. That which does not subvert the gospel of the king- 
dom, nor set aside the authority of the king, though it be an imperfection, is 
yet to be borne with. Finally it must be something which does not destroy 
the work of God, or which is not inconsistent with the progress of vital reli- 
gion in the Church or in one's own soul. — Ver. 20. In all such cases we ara 
VTiot to judge one another, but every man's conscience is to be his judge.— 
Ver. 23. 

In attending to those things which are the proper objects of discipline, our 
first concern should be to see that all our measures are aimed at the good of 
the party, and the honor of God. Both these ends are pointed out in the case 
of the Corinthian offender. All was to be done that his spirit might be saved 
in the day of the Lord, and to clear themselves as a church from being parta- 
kers of his sin. If these ends be kept in view, they will preserve us from 
much error ; particularly from the two great evils into which Churches are in 
danger of falling, false lenity, and unchristian severity. There is often a 
party found in a community, who, under the name of tenderness, are for neg- 
lecting all wholesome discipline ; or if this cannot be accomplished, delaying 
it to the utmost. Such persons are commonly the advocates for disorderly 
walkers, especially if they be their particular friends or relations. Their lan- 
guage is "He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone. My brother 
hath fallen to-day, and I may fall to-morrow." This spirit, though ft exists 
only in individuals, provided they be persons of any weight or influence, is 
frequently known to impede the due execution of the laws of Christ ; and if 
it pervade the community, it will soon redjace it to the lowest state of degene- 
racy. Such for a time, was the spirit of the Corinthians ; but when brought 

t^ a proper sense of thingBv what carefulness it wrought in them, yea what 
clearing of themselves, yea what indionation, yea what fear, yea what vehement 
desire, yea what zeal, yea what revenge. In opposing the extreme of false 
tenderness, others are in danger of falling into unfeeling severity. This spirit 
will make the worst of everything, and lead men to convert the censures of 
the Church into weapons of private revenge. Persons of this description, 
know not of what manner of spirit they are. They lose sight of the good of 
the offender. It is not love that operates in them; for love worketh no evil. 
The true medium between these extremes is a union of mercy and truth. Gen- 
uine mercy is combined with faithfulness, and genuine faithfulness, with mer- 
cy ; and tnis is the only spirit that is likely to purge iniquity — Prov. xvi. 6, 
Connivance will produce indifference : and undue severity will arm an offender 
with prejudice, and so harden him with sin : but the love of God and of our 
brother's soul, are adapted to answer every good end. If we love God like 
Levi, we shall know no man after the flesh, nor acknowledge our nearest kin- 
dred ; but shall observe his word and keep his covenant. And if we love the 
soul of our brother, we shall say, "He is fallen to-day, and I will reprove him 
for his good : I may fall to-morrow, and then let them deal the same with me.'* 
Love is the grand secret of the church discipline, and will do more than all 
other things put together, towards insuring success. In the exercise of dis* 
cipline, it is necessary to distinguish between faults which are the consequence 
of sudden temptation and such as are the result of premeditation and habit. 
The former requires compassionate treatment ; the latter a greater portion of 
severity. The sin of Peter in denying his Lord was great, and if noticed by 
the enemies of Christ, might bring great reproach upon his cause, : yet com- 
pared with the sin of Solomon it was little. He first gave way to licentious- 
ness, then to idolatry, and on finding that God, as a punishment for his sin, 
had given ten tribes to Jeroboam, he sought to kill him. Cases like this are 
immediately dangerous, and require a prompt and decided treatment ; and in 
which a hesitating tenderness would be the height of cruelty. "Of some have 
compassion, making a difference ; others save with fear, pulling them out of 
the fire ; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." — Jude 22, 23 : see 
also Gal. vi : 1. In all our admonitions, regard should be had to the age and 
character of the party. An Elder as w^ell as other men, may be in fault, and 
a fault that may require to be noticed ; but let him be told of it in a tender 
and respectful manner. While you expostulate with younger men on a foot- 
ing of equality, pay a deference to age and an officer. "Rebuke not an El- 
der, but entreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren." I.Tim, v.l. 
In the due execution of Christian discipline, there are many things to be 
done by members of Churches individually ; and it is upon the proper dis- 
charge of these duties that much of the peace and purity of a church depends. 
If we be faithful to one another, there will be but few occasions for public 
censure. Various improprieties of conduct, neglect of duty, and declensions 
in the power of Godlinesss, are the proper objects of pastoral admonition. It 
iH one essential bra^ich of this office to rebuke and exhort with all long suffer- 
ing— 2 Tim. iv:2. Nor is this work confined lo pastors ; Christians are di- 


rected to admoaish one another —Rom. xv : 14. . Indeed there are things which 
a wise and affectionate people will be concerned to take upon themselves, lest 
the prejudice be contracted against the ministry, which may prevent its good 
effects. This is peculiarly necessary in the. settling of differences, in which 
whole families may be interested, and in which it is extremely difficult to avoid 
the suspicion of partiality. In all cases of personal offence the rule laid down 
,, by our Lord, in the eighth chapter of Matthew, ought to be attended to ; and 
i'no such offence ought to be admitted before a Church till the precept of Chi^ist 
has been first complied with, by the party or parties concerned.* 

In many cases where faults are not committed immediately against us, but 

r which are known to a few individuals, love will lead us to endeavor to reclaim 

;; the party, if possible, without any further exposure. A just man will not be 

willing unnecessarily, to make his brother a public example. The scriptures 

*Jn the present imperfect state, even Christians in their intercourse with each other, are liable to injure tiieir breth- 
ren, and thus hreak the bond ol harmony and love, essential to be niaiutained among the IblJowi-rs of Oirist. We 
may not in t;uch cases pursue tlie course of the world, lay up the injuiy in >>ur heartir, and vent bitter reproaches 
against the character of our brother; thns dishonoring religion, and proVv»king the otfender to justify himself, and per- 
sist in his sin ; but must discourse with him in private, sincerely endeavoring to win liim over to see and acknowledge 
the evil of his conduct. If the right course be not pursued in such cases, great detriment may ensue to the interests 
of religion, but the offending brother will l»e particularly in danger. Our Saviour accordingly, having cautioned us 
very particularly against being the occasion of sin to any of the little ones that believe in him, immediately adds, in 
liie passage under consideration, Math, xviii: l.'j, 16, 11.' "Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and 
tell hifn his fault between thee and him alone : if he shall hear they, tliou hast gained thy brotlier. But if lie will not 
bear thee, then take one or two more, tiiat in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may ha established. — 
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the Church ; but if he neglect t» hear the Church, let liim be to thee 
as an heathen taan and a publican." Thus we have here a perfect and most important rule for terminating difieren- 
ce« between profersing Christains. 

The same sni of uialtce against our brother <*n account of an injury received from him, and the same danger of hia 
being provoked or suffered to persist in his si« impenitent, is guarded against in the Old Testainent, Lev. 17. "Thou 
shall not hate thy b»-other in thy heart; thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him."— 
The passage under consideratiof is however, by many, supposed to refer to public offences. But the nature of the 
■rule and the evidence from the context, that Christ, had a different design, limit tliis passage to the interpretation al 
ready given. Would (Christ, in giving a rule for the regulation of discipline in his kingdom, give no other description 
•of tlie otrence.s t(* he taken notice of, than what is contained in these words : "Jf thy brother shall trespass against 
( thee." Would Ue mention the smallest and most indirect part of the offence as a proper description of it? So far is 
this both from propriety, and also from the tenor of the scripture, that it is believed we have no example of an offenCT 
^ tRgainst God, being called a against a brother. But offences against brethren, particularly when we lead them 
to sin, are called offences against Christ. David after he had committed adulterv with Uriah's wife, and caused 
* his death, says to God, "against tteee, and thee only have t sinned, and done this evil in thy sight. But to speak of ati 
■offence against God, as a trespass against a brother, is evidently inverting the order of things, and we may be sure, 
that in laying dowjn a rule, Christ did not leave offences aimed immediately against him and his cause, lo^ be under- 
stood by the expression, "If thy brother should trespass against thee." The direction, "Go and tell him his fault be- 
tween him and thee alone," is also a proof that a personal offence is onlyintended. For if each of the brethren is 
to converse with the offending brother, why should the rule particularly require this to be done privately.'' Surely 
there could be no harm if in the first Instance, two or three of the brethren, most respectable for their piety and stand- 
ing in the church, should unite in endeavoring to reclaim the offender. 

The centext stiU more clearly evinces, that the rule in question relates solely to personal offences. When Christ 
had dewe speaking, Peter asked. "How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ; till seven times ?"■ — 
JesUi) answered him, "I say not unto thee seven times; but until seventy times seven." lie hnmediately added, 
"Therefrare is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king who would take account of his servants. And when 
ae tiad J>egan ©s reckon, one was brought unto luin which owed ten thousand talents. This beautiful parable, in cal- 
culatujg the propriety and isecessity of forgiving injuries, is familiarly known ; and as it can apply only to personal 
«ffences, tfee discourse and precept which gave occasion to it can extend no farther. The reader is requested to tifm 
to the 7th cftapter of Luke, the four first verses of which are evidently an epitome of the 18th of Matthew. The Sd 
and 4th verges contain the fwUowing instruction. "Take heed to yourselves : If thy brother trespass against thee, re- 
buke him. And if he trespass against theeseven times in a day ; and seven times in a day, turn again to thee, ^alyiiig 
I repent; thou Shalt forgive." This evidently cannot apply to public offences. 

It is contended that the passage io question furnishes a perfect directory in church discipline. But this is far frcTm 
feeing the case, even if the rule were intended for public offences. It is the duty of all of the menjbers of the chur<?h 
to take the steps (as it is called) with the offender.? It is not pretended. Who then shall go i" Here the riile is de- 
fective. Besidos, suppose the offender should neglect to hear the church, where is the direction to inflict the church 
censures ? There is no direction of this kind here, at a!l. From various passages in the new Testament, we need bt 
at no loss how to pro<:ecd in cases of church discipline. "Them that sin, rebuke before all :" "Keep ho company 
with him, that he mr.y ho" As for such as have sinned with a high hand, like the incestuous perspn at Cor- 
inth, they must be forthwith excluded from the church. And we are doubtless at liberty to take any method to ascer- 
iain the condiict of a br>>ther, which prudence may recommend. 

The scripture rules for church discipline do not take away the right of individuals to admonish an offending brother; 
this right o." ratlier duty, equ.ilJy exists whatever mode of discipliae may be adopted. Any brother whose standing in 
the church, or acquaintaiice and cojjjeetivin with the offender, gives him a pro^ipect of success, should use his influence 
, to reolaiiQ hira. 


give particular encouragement to these personal and private attempts. ^*If 1 
any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him, let him know that he 
who converteth a sinner from the error of his ways, shall save a soul from 
death, and hide a multitude of sins," Jas. v,: 19, 20. 

In cases of evil report, where things are said of a brother in our hearings ^ . 
which, if true, must eflfect his character, and the purity of the church, it can^^H 
not be right to go on to report it. Love will not lead to this. Many reports, ^^ 
we know, are unfounded ; or if true in the main, they may have been aggra- 
Tated ; or there may be circumstances attending the case, which if fully un- 
derstood, would mxke things appear very different from the manner in which 
they have been represented. Now it is almost impossible that any one but 
the party himself should be acquainted with all these circumstances, or able 
to give a full account of them. No time, therefore, should be lost, ere we in- 
quire at the hand of our brother ; or if on any consideration we feel that to be 
unsuitable, it would be proper to apply to an officer of the church, who may 
conduct it with propriety. 

There are cases of a more public nature still, in which much of the peace 
and happiness of the church, depends upon the conduct of its members m 
their individual capacity. The charge given by the Apostle to the Romans, 
ch. xvi : 17, 18, though applicable to a church, yet seems to be rather addressed 
to the individuals who compose it. *'Now I beseech you brethren, mark them 
who cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learn- 
ed, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, 
but their own belly : and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts 
of the simple." The characters to be avoided appear to be persons whose ob- 
ject it is to set up a party in the church, of which they may be the heads or 
leaders ; a kind of religious demagogues. Such men are found at one time or 
other, in most societies ; and in some cases the peace of the churches has been 
invaded by strangers, who are not of their own community. Let the "breth- 
ren" have their eye upon such men. "Mark them :" trace their conduct, and 
you will soon discover their motives. Stand aloof from them, and "avoid 
them," avoid striking in with their dividing measures. In case of their being 
members, the church, collectively considered, ought, no doubt, to put away 
from amongst them such wicked persons ; but as every collective body is com- 
posed of individuals, if those individuals suffer themselves to be drawn away, 
the church is necessarily thrown into confusion, and rendered incapable of a 
prompt, unanimous and decided conduct. Let members of churches therefore 
beware how they listen to the insinuations of those who would entice them to 
join their party. Men of this stamp are described by the Apostle, and there- 
fore m^ay be known, particularly by three things — First by the doctrine ; **it 
is cofitrary to that which has been learned of Christ." Secondly, by their 
selfish pursuits ; "they serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies." 
Thirdly, by their insinuating whining pretences of affectionate regard towards 
their partizans ; "by good words and fair speeches they deceive the hearts of 
the simple." 

To this may ^ added^ there are duties oa individuals in their behavior to- 


wards persons who lie under the censure of th© churchy if they etill continue 
in a state of impenitence, persist in their sins, or be irreconcilable to the 
Church's proceedings with them. We may, it is true, continue our ordinary 
and necessary intercourse with them as men, in the concerns of this life, but 
there must be no familiarity, flo social interchange, no visitings to them, nor 
receiving visits from them, nothing in short that is expressive of connivance 
at their conduct. ''If any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or 
covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, we must 
not keep company with such an one, no not to eat." (1. Cor. v. 11.) If in- 
dividual members act contrary to this rule, and carry it freely towards an of- 
fender, as if nothing had taken place, it will render the censure of the church 
of none eifect. Those persons also who behave in this manner will be consid- 
ered by the party as his friends, and others who stand aloof as his enemies, or 
at least as being unreasonably severe ; which will work confusion, and render 
void the best and most wholesome discipline. We must act in concert, or we 
may as well do nothing. Members who violate this rule are partakers of other 
men's sins, and deserves the rebuke of the church, for counteracting its 

With respect to those things which fall under the cognizance of the church 
in its collective capacity, we recommend in general, that every thing be done, 
not only with a view to the honor of God, and the good of the party, as before 
observed, but with a special regard to the revealed will of Christ. That some 
kind of order be preserved in every community, is necessary to its existence. 
Decency, reputation, and even worldly policy, will induce us to take some no» 
tice of gross immoralities, but this is not christian discipline ; nor will it be 
productive of its salutary effects. In the choice of officers, few if any church- 
es would elect a profligate, but if opulence be allowed to supply the place of 
spirituality, or ambitious, or litigious characters, be preferred on the principle 
of expediency, as a means of keeping them in a better humor, is it not carnal? 
So, in matters of discipline, few churches would suffer a grossly immoral or 
litigious character to continue amongst them unnoticed : but if, instead of a 
calm, impartial and decided procedure, we enter into pusillanimous compromi- 
ses with the offender, consenting that he should withdraw of his own accord ; 
if the crimes of rich and popular men be either entirely overlooked, or but 
slightly touched, lest the cause should suffer from their being offended ; or if 
the misconduct of poor men or servants be disregarded ; on the ground of their 
being persons of little or no account, are we not carnal and walk as men ? — 
Brethren ! Are there any such things amongst us? Search and consider.— 
Such things ought not to be. The private withdrawing of an individual, if it 
be without good reasons, may justify a church in admonishing him, and if he 
cannot be reclaimed, in excluding him ; but it cannot of itself, dissolve the re- 
lation. Till such exclusion has taken place he is a member, and his conduct 
effects their reputation as much as that of any other member. With regard 
to neglect of discipline, lest it should injure the cause, what cause must that 
b& that requires to be thus supported ? Be it our concern to obey the laws of 
Chrifit, and leave jbim to support his own cause. If it sink by fulfilling his 


l^ommandments, let it sink. He will not censure us for not aupporting the ark 
|,witli unhallowed hands. And if it be criminal to fear the rich, it cannot be 
^less so to despise the poor. Let brotherly love abound towards both. Do all 
j^'^hings without partiality, and without hypocrisy. We cannot enumerate all 
the particular cases which fall under the cognisance of a christian church, but 
shall mention a few which are recorded in the scriptures for our imitation. 
. A departure fy-oni the faith of the Gospel, or any of its leading' doctrines, is 
;'an object of christian discipline. "I would they were even cut off that troubls> 
you — I have a few things against thee, because thou hast them that hold the 
doctrine of Balaam. So hast thou a.lso them that hold the doctrine of the Ni- 
icolaitans, which thing I hate — beware of the concission. A man that is an 
flieretic, after the first and second admonition reject, knowing that he, that in 
^such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself." — (Gal. v : 12; 
tRev. ii:14, 15; Phil. iii:2; Tit. iiirlO.) It is worthy of notice, that the 
sonly passage in the New Testament, wherein heresy is introduced as an object 
%of discipline, makes no mention of any thing as composing it but what relates 
Ito the principles of the party. It may be supposed that those who were ac- 
counted heretics by the apostles were as impure in their lives as they were an- 
;j ti-christian in their doctrine, and that they were commonly disturbers of the 
,peace and unity of the churches : but however this might be, neither of these 
«evils are alleged as the reason for which the heretic was to be rejected. All 
fthat is mentioned is this : **He is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of 
liimself." He is "subverted;" that is, his professed faith in the gospel is in 
Kteffect overturned, or rendered void ; consequently he requires to be treated m 
Sfcn unbeliever. He is "condemned of himself;" that is, the gospel being :* 
.Oonsistent whole, he who rejects some of its leading principles, while he pro- 
fesses to retain others, is certain to fall into self-contradiction ; which, if clear- 
ly pointed out in the 1st and 2nd admonition" and he still persists, he will bo 
compelled obstinately to shut his eyes against the light, and thus "sin" against 
the dictates of his own conscience. It has been asked by persons who disap-^ 
prove of all church proceedings on account of a difference in religious princi- 
ples, who is to judge what is heresy ? We answer. Those who are to judge 
what is immorality in dealing with loose characters. To suppose it impossible 
to judge what heresy is, or to deny that the power of so deciding rests in a 
-Christian Church, is to charge the apostolic precept with impertinence. It is 
true, the judgment of a church may be erroneous as well as that of an indi- 
vidual ; and it becomes them in their decisions to consider that they will all be 
revised at the great day ; but the same may be said of all human judgment 
civil or judicial, to which no one is so void of reason, as on this account to 

It has been farther objected, that censuring a person on account of his re- 
ligious sentiments, invades the right,of private judgment, is inconsistent Avith 
the liberties of the gospel, and contrary to the leading principles on which 
Protestants have separated from the church of Rome, and Protestant dissent- 
ers from the church of England. The right of private judgment, while we 
clainpi^^ connection with others, is an undoubted right. We may be chris- 


li^ns, infidels, or atheists, and none but God has any control over iiS: bnt if 
"we desire the friendship and esteem of good men notwithstanding, or claim 
admission to a christian church; or should we be in already, and claim a right 
to continue our situation, surely they would not be obliged to comply. If so, 
our right of private judgment must interfere with that of others, whose judg- 
ment tells them that there can be no fellowship between light and darkness, 
Christ and Belial, or communioif between him that believeth and an infidel. — ■ 
If, the liberty of the gospel consists in a right of fellowship with christian 
churches, whatever be our principles, it will follow not only that unbelievers 
may claim visible communion with believers, but that no exclusions for immor- 
ality can be justified, provided the party insists that his sentiments are in har- 
mony with his practice. There is a great variety of opinions as to what is 
morality, as well as to what is truth. One loose character thinks there is no 
"sin in frequenting the ball room, the play house, the retail shop, &c." An- 
other believes in polygamy, a third concubinage, and a fourth can see no harm 
in fornication, nor even in adultery, provided it be undiscovered.* 

If the churches of Rome and England had done nothing more than exclude 
from their society those characters whom they considered as deviating from 
the first principles of the gospel, without subjecting them to civil penalties or 
diiabilities, however we might have disputed the truth of their doctrines, we 
should not justly have objected to their discipline. We should suppose that 
the separation of the Protestants from the one- and of Protestant dissenters 
from the other ; was for the sake of enjoying a purer church state, wherein 
they might act up to the laws of Zion's King; and not that they might live as 
though there was no king in Israel, which is the case where every man does 
that which is right in his own eyes. 

In cases of notorious and complicated wickedness, it appears that in the 
primitive churches, immediate exclusion was the consequence. In the case of 
the incestuous Corinthian there are no directions given for his being admonish- 
ed; and excluded only in case of his being incorrigibly impenitent. The apos- 
tle determined what should be done. — "In the name of the Lord Jesus when 
ye are gathered together to deliver such a one unto Satan. 

We cannot but consider it an error in the discipline of some churches where 
persons have been detected of gross aggravated wickedness, that their exclu" 
sion has been suspended, and in many cases omitted on the ground of their 
professed repentance. While the evil was a secret it was persisted in, but 
when exposed by a public detection, then repentance is brought forward, as it 
were, in arrest of Judgment. But can that repentance be genuine which is 
pleaded for the purpose of warding off the censures of a christian church ? — 
We are persuaded it cannot. The eye of a true penitent will be fixed on the 
greatness of his sin, and he too be the last to talk of his repentance for it.— 
So far from pleading it, in order to evade censure, he will censure himself an4 
desire nothing more than that testimony be borne against his conduct for th© 
honor of Christ. But allowing that repentance in such cases be sincere, still 
it is not of such account as to set aside the necessity of exclusion. The en4 

"Such was! the moraHty taught by Mr, Hume ' : -^'f tf!' 


ta be answered by tbis meaBnre is. not merely tbe good of the party, bnt tbe 
^'clearing'* of a christian church from the very appearance of conniving atim^^ 
morality; nnd which cannot be accomplished by repentance only. Though 
Jiliriam might be truly sorry for her sin in having spoken against Moses, and 
though she might be healed of her leprosy ; yet "the Lord said unto Moses, if 
her fatlier had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days ? — 
Let her be shut out from the camp seven day^, and after that let her be re- 
ceived in again. \ — (Numb, xii : 14.) 

We do not suppose, however, that every notorious fault requires immediate 
exclusion. The general rule given is — that notorious evils should meet with 
a public rebuke. 

*'Them that sin rebuke before all that others also may fear."— (1 Timothy 
v:20.) But this proceeding does not appear to amount to exclusion ; it is 
rather of the nature of a censure or reprimand, accompanying admonition. — 
To us it appears that the circumstances attending a sin, ought to determine 
whether it require immediate exclusion or not. If these be highly aggravating : 
If there appear to have been premeditation, intention and perseverance in the 
crime, put away from amongst yourselves that wicked person ; but if circum- 
stances extenuate, rather than heighten the evil, solemn admonition, accom- 
panied with rebuke, ought to suffice, and no exclusion to follow but in case of 
incorrigible impenitence. 

There are also faults which do not come under the denomination of noto- 
rious sins, wherein directions are given for recovering the offenders without any 
mention being made of exclusion either immediate or ultimate. There is per- 
haps in all the churches a description of men whose characters are far from 
being uniformly circumspect, and yet not sufficiently irregular to warrant their 
being separated from communion. They are disorderly walkers ; busy bodies 
in other men's matters, while negligent of their own ; in a word unamicable 
characters. Now those that are such we are directed to exhort, and charge 
that they conduct themselves as becometh christians. If after this they con- 
tinue disorderly, observe a degree of distance in your conduct towards them ; 
withdraw your intimacy : let them feel the frowns of their brethren: yet be not 
wholy reserved, but occasionally explain to them the reason of your conduct, 
affectionately admonishing them at the same time to repentance and amend- 
ment of life. *'Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh 
disorderly ; and not after the tradition which he received from us. For we 
hear that there are some who walk among you disorderly, working not at all, 
but are busy bodies. Now them that are such we command, and exhort by our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. — 
And if any obey not our word by this epistle, note that man and have no 
company with him, that he may be ashamed, yet count him not as an enemy, 
but admonish him as a brother," 2 Thes. iii:6 — 15. If churches were to 
consult only their ow;n reputation ; they would often discard such persons at 
aa early period; but where ther<j is reason to hope that the heart is right in 
th0 main, great forbearance must be exercised, and long perseverance in en- 

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deavoring to recover. How many imperfections were (fiscovered in the con- 
duct of the twelve Apostles while their Lord was with them, and what an ex- 
ample of forbearqince has he left us ? One character reclaimed is of greater 
Account and more to the honor of a Christian church, than many discarded. 

Finally, a watchful eye upon the state of the church, and of particular mem- 
bers, with a seasonable interposition, may do more towards the preservation of 
good order than all other things put together. Discourage whispering, back- 
bitings, and jealousies. Frown on tale bearers, and give no ear to their tales. 
Nip contentions in the bud. Adjust differences in civil matters among your- 
selves. Bring together at an early period those in whom misconception and 
distrust have begun to operate, ere ill opinion ripen into settled dislike. By 
a frank and timely explanation in the presence of a common friend, that may 
be healed in an hour, which if permitted to proceed, a series of years cannot 
eradicate. Be affectionately free with one another : Give tender and faithful 
hints where it appears to you that one of your brethren is in danger of being 
drawn aside from the principles or spirit of the gospel. Let all be given to 
expect them, from their first entering into connection with you. If any one 
take offence at such treatment, give him to understand that he who cannot en- 
dure a caution or a reproof, is unfit for Christian society; and is in the utmost 
danger of falling into mischief. The free circulation of the blood, and the 
proper discharge of all* the animal functions, are not more necessary to the 
nealth of the body than good discipline is to the prosperity of a community. 

If it were only considered, how much the general interests of religion, and 
even the salvation of men, may be affected by the purity and harmony of 
Christian Churches, we should tremble at the idea of their being interrupted 
by us. The planting of a church in a neighborhood where the Gospel is 
preached, and the ordinances of Christ administered in their purity, is a great 
blessing. It is a temple reared for God, in which he delights to record his 
name, to meet with his humble worshippers, and to bless them. We have seen 
churches of this description, in the midst of a career of spiritual prosperity, 
edifying one another in love, and gathering souls to the Redeemer's standard, 
all in a little time, blasted and ruined by some unhappy event that has thrown 
them into disorder. One of the members, it may be, has acted disorderly or 
unworthily— he is reproved by a brother, or admonished by the church —in* 
«tead of receiving it in love, he resents it as an offence —his relations or par- 
ticular acquaintances take on his part— discipline is interrupted — '*the offender 
pleads his justification under various false colorings — accuses his faithful 
brother or brethren with evil designs" — hard things are said on both sides — 
the bond of love is broken— tender minds are grieved, and retire — worship is 
but thinly attended to, and the enjoyment of it is vanished — -God's friend? 
("like the dove in a desolate place") mourn in secret, while ihe enemies of 
Christ triumph, saying "aha! You wrangle and quarrel as we do*! your reli- 
gii^n is no better than ours !'* and thus they secretly sneer, "so would we 
have it!" 

Truly it is a serious thing to occasion the ruin of a church of Christ ? "If 
aoiy man de^le the temple of God, him shall God destroy!" 


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1863. 

TFIe Association met according to appointment. The introduc- 
torj' sermon was preached by Elder D. Pa nn el, from Hebrews 
12th chapter and 22,d and part of the 28d verses. 

After an intermission of half an hour, the Delegates assembled 
in the meeting house — prayer by Elder L. H iMcSwain. 

Letters were then read from the following Churches : Boiling 
Spring, Bethel, Mount Paran, Sandy Plains, Walls, Mount Har- 
mony, Mount Pleasant, Mount Sinai, Beaver Dam and High 
Shoals. ' I, , 

The names of delegates enrolled, and the state of the Churches 

Elected Elder L. H. McSwain, Moderator, and D, Scruggs, 

1. Opened^the door for the rception of Churches into our 
Union. None applied. 

2. Appointed a Committee to arrange the business of the As- 
sociation, to wit: D. Pannel, Wm. McSwain and M.«Pannel, with 
the Moderator and Clerk. 

Appointed a Coli^ittee on Preaching, to wit : A W. Holt, J- 
M. Hamrick and J Bridges, with the Eldership of this Church. 

On notion adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Saturday met ^.ccordinsi to adjournment. ' Prayer by Elder D. 
Pannel Called the ntmes of Delegates. All-'pregent. 

3. Called for the report from rhe Committee on Business 
The report adopted and the Comuiit.tee discharged, 

4. Read Conr.itution and rules of decorum. " ' 

5. Called for coitespondence from sister Associations, none made 
application. > / 

6. Appointed the following Committees, on Union Msetings.— 
John Mathency, M. Pannel and P; Harmon. 

On Finanoe.—A Getteys, G. Davis and, J. A Wall. 

On Sabbath Schools. — D Pannel, Wm. McSwain and D. 

On motion, [This resolution was misplaced.] 

Resolved, That the Temperance resolution of our last year's; 
Minutes be adopted and printed with the present year's Minutes. 

8. Called for, read and adopted the Circular Letter. 

9. Elected persons to preach on Sabbath, viz : L. H. McSwain 
D. Scruggs and D. Pan n el. 

10. Elected Elder D. Scruggs to preach the sermon introductory 
to the next Association, and Elder D. Pannel to write the next Cir- 
cular Letter on a subject of his own choice. 

Considered the petition from Beaver Dam Church requesting this 
Association to cORvene with that Church next year; request granted. 

11. Took up and considered the following query, No. 1. 

How long shall a complaint of trespass committed agarnst a broth- 
er be considered valued ? i 

Answer. — The word of Cod confines such complaints to the 
work of to-day, but in as much as the Laws of the land limit to 6 
months, we advise the Churches to limit complaints in cases of 
trespass to three months q-iery, No. 2. 

How should a Church act toward a member who complains of a 
trespass without first appealing to the offender ? 

Answer. — We give it as an opinion, that when a member com- 
plains of a trespass committed by a brother or a sister without first 
taking the steps laid down in the 18th chapter of Matthew, that 
such complainantSf^tand liable to the Censure ot the Church. Query 
No. 3. 

What is the proper course to pursue when a member of a neigh- 
bouring Church in good standing wishes to become a moniberof on© 
oi our Churches and cannot obtain a letter from ihis Church. 

Answer. — We believe each Church is independent as to her 
Government, and the proper judge of her owsn membership, yet eve- 
ry effort should be exhausted to secure the peace of a neighbouring 
Church, but we see nothing irt the scripture that would hinder a 
Church from receiving a member with whom they^re well acquain- 
ted with, on their n. oral standing. 

12. The Committee on finance report mo n^^ sent up by the 
Churches for Minutes to be $48,10 cents. ^ 

13. The Committee on Union Meetings, report the first Union 
Meeting to be held with the Church at Sandy Plain, on Friday 
before the third Sunday in May, 1864, Elders L. H. McSwain, J. 
W. Hullander, M. Pannell, J). Scruggs and Wm. McSwain, to 
attend it. 

The second to be held with Walls' Church, on Friday before the 
fourth Sunday in July, 1864, Elders Wm. McSwain, J. W. Hul- 
lander, D. Scruggs, 1). Pannel and M. Pannel, to attend it. 

14. Took up and considered the propriety of Domestic Mission, 
juad adopted the. following r|^olatioa : 







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and practice. We say, therefore, that it is the duty of the Church 
to choose her deacons from amongst her own members, that they 
should be men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. 
When a Church is of the opinion that she needs a deacon, or dea- 
cons, it should be made known to her luembeis when in conference, 
and a seiious and prayerful enquiry should be made to know which 
of her members possess the qualifications as laid down by St. .Paul, 
(1st Timothy, 3rd chapter, 8th and 9th verses.) The Church 
should be unanimous in the choice of a deacon, and the person cho- 
sen should be informed, that the mind of the Church was set up&a 
him. Then there should be at least one month of Solemn— pray- 
erful thought on the subject by the Church, and the person chosen. 
When they meet again in conference and are of one mind in their 
choice, preparations may be made to set him apart to the office, 
which should be done as follows. If there are belonging to the 
Church two or more ordained ministers, then she will bo able to or- 
dain her deacons to the oflBce, but if the Church does not possess 
sufficient strength for the work, let her request sister Churches to 
send help for that purpose. When the help attends and a presby- 
tery is formed, the Church may present her chosen member, and 
he presbytcrji shall examine him relative to the work and ffice of 
deacon; also his views on the plan of salvation through Christ. 
, upon^he whole, his views comport with the word of God and he 

sufficiently proven, let them lay hands on him with fervent pray- 
er, and then let him use' the office of a deacon. As the ministers 
of Christ are stewards of the mysteries of God, so we believe the 
deacon to be stewards of the Church of Jesus Christ. And as it is 
required in stewards that a man be found faithful, we believe it is 
the duty of the ministers to feed the flock of God, over which the 
Holy Ghost has made them overseers. Therefore, when a minis- 
ter is called by a Church to take the pastoral care thereof,-and he 
consents to do so, it is his duty to attend that Church faithfully as 
a minister of Jesus Christ, and a steward of the mysteries of God. 
if he should become unfaithful to the Church in minl-tering the 
word, it is the duty of the Church to dismiss him and call a more 
faithfu' shepherd. So also, when the deacon, who is the steward of 
the church is found to be unfaithful and fails to use-the office of a 
deacon well, the church should dismiss him from office and choose 
another and set him apart as above directed. Dear Brethren, we 
■wiittn shoit'on the subject. The scriptures are lalso short, but 
^e think, very explicit. Therefore, we advise the Churches to have 
recourse to the word of God in the choice and ordination of their 
deacons and ministers. Let your elders that rule well be counted 
worthy of double honor. They who have used the office of a dea- 
con well, purchase to themselves a good degree and great holdness 
in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

Beloved Brethren, be faithful unto death, and God will give yon 
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' JResoloed, Tliat W6 {xdopt a Domestic Mit^sion, and appointed 
Elder D. Scruggs, to preach the Missionary Sermon, and|tai{:e up 
a collection for its support. 

On motion, adjourned until Monday morning 9 o'clock. ^ 

Sunday, the stand was occupied by those appointed, with seeming 
good effect. Rev. D. Scruggs, in the forenoon, took up a collec- 
tion, and received ^50, 00. 

Jj. Pannel in the afternoon, closed by L. II. McSwain. 

Monday morning met agreeable to appointment— prayer by Eld^r 
M. Pannel. 

15. Considered the propriety of changing the time of holding 
tbia Association, and decided on Friday before the second Sunday 
an August, in each year. 

16. Decided to devote the money ceilccted on Sunday, to Do- 
mestic Missions, and employ a minister to visit all the Churches in 
thi« Association, at least once in the course of the next Association 
jear, and elected Elder D. Scruggs for that purpose. 

17. The Committee on Sabbath Schools, report that they find 
nothing in any o£ the Church Letters on the subject of Sunday 
Schools, and are sorry to learn that few, if any of our Churches 
have such an institution in progress. We therefore recommend to 
our Churches to use their influence to raise aftd :. eep up a Sunday 
School in each Church withia the bounds of, this Association, as 
\re believe a Sunday School, well organized and conducted, is next to 
the ChurchMn U6efuinflBs,,as a means in the hands of God, in pro- 
moting the cause of Christ, and fixing the basis of piety on the 
youth 1^1 mind, as in our best revivals. Many, very many have^ 
attributed 'their first serious impressions to the labors of the Sab- 
bath School. 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. SCRUGCS, Chairman. 

18. Appointed a Missionary Board to hold and dispose of the 
money collected. by this Association, for that purpose, to wit: J.^ B. 
Walker, John Bridges and John Mathena. 

19. JResohed, That the thanks of this Association are due and 
are hereby tendered to the citizens of this vicinity, with this 
Church, for the hospitable manner in which they have entertained 
the brethren and frieiids, during our stay with them. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing and distribu- 
tion of as many copies of these Minutes as the money sent up for 
thiit purpose will obtain, reserving ten dollars for his services. 

Our next Association to be holien with the Beaver Dam Church, 
five miles west of Shelby, Cleveland county. North Carolina, -to 
-commence on Friday before the second Sunday in August, 1864, 

21. On motion, adjourned to the time and place above mentioned. 

L. H. McSWAlN. Moderator. 

D. ScRUGQS; Clerk. 



Beloved Brethren : We address you this year, according to a 
resolve of last year, on the duty of a church in tlie choice of a dea- 
con. As the deacon is an officer 'in, and a servant of the Church, 
and as the prosperity ol the Church, and State depends very much 
on having good, iaitliful, God fearing rulers, each individual mem- 
ber should feel interested in the choice ot such an cfiicer' That 
the deacon is a ruling elder in the Church, is certain, for St. Paul 
says, * let the elders tl?iit rule well be coissidered wor<by ot double 
honor," ''especially i-hey who labor in the word iind docfiinc." — 
Timothy 5th chapter and 17th verse. It is evident, from the aboVe,. 
that there w^re, in the Church at Ephei^ens, ruling elders who did 
not labor in the word and doctrine. 6t. Paul gives the qualifica- 
tions only, of a bishop and deacon. Therefore we believe that there 
were, and still are no other offjcers in the Church of Jesus Christ/ 
which is the pillar and ground of the truth 

A particular Church is an indefinite number of saints who cove- 
pant to live in tellow-ship, endeavoring to keep unity of spiri" in 
the bonds ot peace, attending to the commandments and ordinances 
of the gospel, as given by Christ and his disciples to primitive 
christians, , 

We will now proceed to lay before you some of the duties of a 
Baptist Church in the choice of her deacons. The first account we 
have that the Church chose and set apart men to the o.'5ce of dea- 
cons is in the 6 th chapter Acts; " and in those days when the num- 
ber of disciples were multipliedj there arose a murmuring of the 
Grecians against the 'Hebre#s because their widows vrere neglected 
in the duly ministration, then the twebe oal'ed the multitude of 
disciples unto them and ?aid, *Mt is no reason thai we should leave 
the Word of God and serve fables, wheiofore brethren, look you out 
among you seven men of honest report, full of' the Holy Ghost and''' 
wisdom, whom we may appomt over this business, but we will 
give ourselves Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.'^ 

The scriptures are an "infallible rule for the Churchy both of Mth 

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M I N U T E S . 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 1864.^ 

The introductory sermon was preacfafid b}"- Elder D, Soruggs, from Mat- 
thew 23rd chapter and part of the 8tli verse. All ye are brethren. Afiera 
short inferinissioii the delegates metia t!ie house Prayer by Elder L, H. 
McSwait). Elected L. H. McSAram Moderator, and D. Scruggs. Clerk. ' 

1. Afforded an opportunity to any church wishing to unite with this As- 
sociation, ;,;:; 

2ud. Appointed^ committee of five to arrange the business of the Associa- 
tion, to wit: D, Pannel, .Wm. McSwain and M. Pannel, with the Moderp,- 
tor and Olerk, 

3rd. Appointed a committee to arrange preaching during the sitting of 
this Association, to wit: J. Matheny. W. H. Carroll and J. Randal, with 
<he deacons of this church. Brother D. Pannel prayed and the Association 
adjourned until to-morrow morni' g. 

Saturday morning me according to adjournment, prayer by Wm. Mq- 
Swain; called the names of Delegates, all present. 

4th. Called for report of committee on business, report receired and the 
committee discharged 

6th. Read Constitution and rules of decorum. 

6th. Appointed the following committees, to wit : on Union Meetings, 
A. Hamrick, J. Bridges and i . S. Bridges; 

On Finance.- W. H. C rroll, J. Randal «,nd A W. Holt. 

On Sabbath Schools — D. Scruggs, M. Pannel anl L. H. McSwain. 

On Obituaeies.— D. Scruggs, W. McSwain, D. Pannel and W. H. Car- 

7th. Called for- missionary report, who reported as follows. Dear Breth- 
ren, your Missionary begs leaxe to report that, in accordance with an 
agreement, I have visited and labored with all the churches in this Asso- 
ciation, with one exceptien. On acoownt of distanc©^ and sickness in itiy 
family I failed to visit the church at Mt. Harmony aa yet Breshren, I am 
happy to say my appointments hare been generally well attended with 
seeming good affect. Respectfully submitted, 


8th. Call for Circular Letter, prepared by Elder D. Pannel. Circular 
read, adopted and oriered to be printed with the Minutes 

9th. Call for report of Missionary board, who report as follows, we re- 
ceived from the Association $50,00 and paid it over to I>. Scruggs for 
Missionary service. Committee discharged. 

10th. Elected Elder D. Scruggs to preach the Miasionsry Bermoa on 
Sabbath. • 

11th. Elected the following Brethren to preach ca Sabbath, J. J. 
Jones first, followed by D. Scruggs ; the Missionary aermoa, aftwaoon 
D. Pannel followed by L. H. McSwain. 

12th. Elected D. Pannel to'jjreach the sermon Introductory to tlie next 
Association and D. Scruggs to write a circular letter on th. Avone-Taent. 

13th. Considered the petition from Sandy PI tins church, requesting this 
Association to convene with that church iu 18uo, rtsquest granted. D. 
Scruggs prayed ani the Association adjourned ii..iil Monday morning 9 

Sunday the stand was occupifed by those appointed, with rn expression 
of great zeal in addressing a large and attentive congregatif n with Sfcem- 
ng good effect which we hope will result in doing good. At the close of 


forenoon service, collect/d $60., say sixty dollars for Missionary pur- 
poses. /'' 

MONDAY, prayer b/ Wra, McSwain. 

14th. Called for report from the following committees. 

On Union Meetings. Report first, at High Shoal on Friday before the 
4th Sunday in. March, 1865. D. Pannel, L. H, McSwain, Wm. McSwain, 
M. I annel and D. Scruggs to attend it. Seconed, at Mount Paron to com- 
mence on Friday before the 2iid Supday in May, 1865. D. Pannel, L. H. 
McSwain, M. Pannel, Wm. McSwain and D. Scruggs to attend it. 

The Committee on Finance report money collected for Minuntes $100. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools report as follows, we are sorry to say 
that on account of this unholy war, scarcity of books and teachers, but lit 
tie is doing, one small school is in existence at an arm of the High Shoal 
Church, near the State line, but we hope from the spiril manifested the 
time is at hand when we will see a flourishing school in each of our churches 
as one cf the great means in the hand of God of up-building his cause. 
Respectfully submitted, 

D, SCRUGGS, Chairman. 

The Committee on Obituaries present the following reports : Boiling 
Spring, Alberry Jolly, of co H 28th Regiment N. C. T., died at Lynchburg 
Ho-pital, Virginia, who lived the life of a christian, died May 'iGth 186'2. 
Perry H. Prewet, of co G 29th Regiment N. C. T,, a consistent member of 
.4he church, died at Petersburg, July 13th 1864, in the 38th year of his age. 
Edmund Green, of co H 28th Regiment N C. T., died at Camp Gregg, Va. 
February 2nd, 1862, in tae 21st year'of his age. Jas. McSwain, of cp H 
28th Regiment N. C. T., died at Wilmington, N. C. 

March 2nd 1862, in the 'Slad year of his age, D. S. McSwain, of co H 
.28th Regiment N. C. T., died September 1st 1862, in the 20th year of his 
age. Joseph Green, of co D 55th Regiment N. C. T , died at Charlott, N. C, 
August 19Lh 1864. Wra. GiUaspy, of co H 28th Regiment N. C. T., died 
in Virginia July 17th, 1864, in his countrys cause. A. J. Hamrick, of co 
H 28th Regiment N. C. T., died at Lynchburg, Va., in 1863, in the 24th 
year of his age. A. Blanton, of co 12th Regiment N. C. T., died in'ser- 
vieeinl862. L. H. bathing, of co H 28th Regiment, who have' been a 
member of the church at Boiliug Spring, but was excluded yet lived a 
cliristian life, died near the Wilderness, May 6th,' 1864, in the 82nd year 
of his age. - . . > 

Bethel, G. B. Bridges a promising yeung man, a prominent member of 
the foregoing church, who promise great usefulness in church and State, 
attjxched himself to CO B 3th Regiment N. C. T., died at Malvern Hill, 
June 29th, 1862. L. J. Pope, of co I 56th Regiment N. C. T., died, April 
3rd. 1864, in the 32nd year of his age. J. L. Sparks, of co B 34th Regi- 
ment N. C. T. Capt. Leoothorp, com., N. C. T., died at Goldsboro&gh, 
January 21st, 1862, in fthe 21st year of his age. J. B. McArthur, horn© 
on furlough, died April 3rd, 1863, in the 22ud year of his age. G. B. Ham* 
rick, of CO B 36th Regiment N. C. T., died at Raleigh, N. C, .Tanuaay 17th, 
1862, in the 29th year of his age. Jason Hamrick, of co B 84th Regiment 
N. C. T., died at Riehnxoud, Va., August 31th, 1862, in the 34th year of 
Jiis age. \ 

Beaver Dam, D. Hari^el, an ordfirly deacon and promised usefulness in 
phuich and State, of Cttpt. Gardners co I 38lh Regiment N. C. T., died at 
Halifax, February 24th, 1862. D. I). Hamrick of co I, 38th Regiment^ 
K 0. T., fell iii the battle before Richmond. E. McSwain, son of Rer, 
Wm. Mcgwain, of co I, 38th N C. T., was a pious member of the Church, 
and well adt^roed his profession, fell in the seven di?ys battle before Rich- 
mond, on thQ,-9th day of Jurie, 1862, in the year ot his age. Lar- 
Mn Magnis of co E, 12th N. C. T., fell in the seven days battle arouftd 
Richmond. George McSwain, son of Rev. Wra. McSwain, a young man 
who promised much usefulness in society,' and who adorned well his pEOr> 


. fession, of co I, 38th Regiment, N. C. T., fell before Richmond, and died 
August 4th, 1862, in the 28th year ©f his age, J. Ilamrick of co I, 38th 
Regiment, N. C. T., died at Richmond, in the 26th year of his age. I. 
Hamnck of co D, 55th llegiment N. C. T., died a prisoner at Point Look- 
out, Maryland. I. J. Hardin of co E, ll^th Regiment N. C. T.. died at 
Richmond. Elijah Hamrick of D, 55th Regiment N. C. T., fell at the, 
"Wilderness, Va. 

High Shoal, Wm. Robertson of co IT:, 28th Regiment N. C. T., died at 
Richmond, Va. L. R. Robertson of co D Scales' Brigade, N. C, T,, died 
May. 14th, 1864. G. B. Robertson of co D, Ssales' Brigade, N C- T., died 
at Alum Springs, Virginia. October, 1861. VViUiam Wall of co D, Scales' 
Brigade, fell at Chancellors, Va., May 3d, 1863. L. P. Padget of co H 
Lane's Brigade, N. C. T., died^t Charlotte, N. C. T., April 13th, 1863. 
Samuel C. Hawkins of co H, Lane's Brigade, N. C. T., fell at Cedar Run, 
Va., August 6th, 1862. 

Mount Pleasant, John Matheny of co H, Hill's Division, died at Dwore 
Hospital, Va., August 7th, 1862. B. Bethona ot co L, Hill's Division, 
N. C. T., died September, 1862. L. A. Hamrick of co H, 12th Regiment 
N. C. T., died at Richmond, Virginia, June 11th, 1862. D. H. Green, n 
deacon and prominent member of the Church, of co D, 55th Regiment 
N. C. T., Davis' Brigade, fell at Gettysburg, Pa., while zeaously defend- 
ing his country, July 2d, 1863. J, P. Jolly, a deacon and prominent 
member of co H, 28th Regiment, N. C. T., died at Winchester, Va., Sept. 
2«th, 1862, in the 40th year of his age E. C. Wood of co D, 5T5th Regi- 
ment, fell nea» Gaines' Mill, July 2d, 1864. Mt. Sipai, EJijah Hamrick 
of CO D, 55th Regiment N. C. T., died at Petersburg, Va., January l8th, 
1^63. James Fainy of co D, 55Lh Regiment N. C. T., died Murch 15th, 
1863. R. C. Champion of co D, 55th i\. C T., died September, 1863, a 
prisoner at Fort Delaware, Maryland. D. D. Mason of co E, 56th Regi- 
ment, N. C. T., died at Richmond, Va-, August 7th. 1864. D. D. Gibson 
died at Greensboro, N. C, June 29th, 1861. Thomas McSwain of co C, 
IJ. C. T., died at Rickmond, Va., July 16th. 1868, a young man of pro- 
mise both in Church and State. J. A. Wiley of ca C, 15th N. C. T.. died 
at Shepardstown. Md , Sept 17th, 1862. Mt. Paran, Capt W. P. Bridges 
was kiUad, while gallantly leading his men on the 30th July, 1864. .Wm. 
P. Bridges, Captain company H, 18th S. C. Volunteers, Evans' (now 
Elliots) Brigade. The deceased volunteered his services to his country ou 
the 13ih of April, 1860, and to the time of his death, performed the du- 
ties of the soldier faitafully,- efficiently and eallantly, and as his last great 
offering, sacrificed his life at the shrine of his country's altar. Captain 
Bridges attached himself to this Church in the year 1852, in the seven- 
teenth year of his age, .and to the time of his death, remained an orderly 
member of the same. In his death the Church, has lost one of her bright- 
est members. The community a good citizen, and the Confederacy a gal- 
lant officer. Peace to his ashes. 

W. L. Johnson of co B, S, C. Volunteers, died at Camp Peters, Septem- 
ber 26th, 1861, in the 22d year of his age. Jacob Seapock of co F, 19th, 
Regiment S. C. V., fell at the battle of Boonsborough, Maryland, Septem- 
ber 14th, 1862, in the 22d year of his age. Joseph Parker of co D, 14th 
Regiment N. C. T., died at Richmond, Va., iut he 18th year of his age. 
William Martin of CO F, 19th Regiment S. C. V., fell near Petersburg, 
Va., on the 24th of May, 1864, in the 24th year of his age". Washington 
Martin of co F, 5th Regiment, S. C. V., fell at Gaines' Mills, Va., June 
27Lh, 1862. in the 19th year of his age. 

S^ndy Plains : Kinny Dycas of co D, 16th Regiment N. C. T., died at 
Ed ^, Va., October 9th, 1861. B. P. Hamilton of co I, 36th Regiment 
N.AJ.' T., died in August, 1862. David Bridges of co B, 34th Regiment 
N. C. T.. died in June 1864. Fred. Walker of co I, 56th Regiment 
N. C. T., died in 1862-. L, A. Walker of co I, .6th Regiment N. C. T,, 
died in April, 1862. 



Mount Harmony : W. :^urry of co I, 56th Regiment N. C T., full near 
Petersburg, August 2Ist; 1864, in the. 8 1st year of bis age. W. T. Hor- 
ton of CO I, 56ih Regimeiu N. C. T., fell n«ar Petersburg, Va., August 
21st, 1864, in the oOth /ear of his age. T. \\. Sweezy of co D, 16th 
Regiment N. C. T , died'ai Manassas, February 3d, 1861. J. W. Sweezy 
died at Go.dsborough, N. C, on the 31st August 1862. Alfred W. 
Gettys of co B, 34th iiegiment, N. C. T., died at Goldsborough, N. C, 
April 2od, 1862. L. G. Gciiys of co B, 34th Regiment N. C. T., died at 
Liberty Hospital, Va. W. .J. Yelion died a conscript in .1804, George 
Yelton of co B, 34tii RcvnmeuL N. C. T., died at sea August 7th, 1862. 

Walls: Benjamin Hamilton of 17 boys of 7th Battalion N. C. T., died 
July 2d, 1864. • 

15th. Appointed a board to hold and dispose of money collected on the 
Sabbath for missionary purposes, to wit: .). Bridges, J. B. Walker and J, 

16t,h. Elected Elder D. Pannel to serve Missionary for the insuing yc^tr, 
so mucb of rime as the meaus will enable him and tliat ht^ have the privi- 
lege to put in the time, at places where he may consider most prudent 

17th. Uesolved that the Clerk attend to the printing and distribution of 
so mnny copies of the Minutes as the money collected will enable him, and 
that he accept $20 tor his services. 

18th. Resolved thar tie thanks of this Association are due »nd are here 
by tend«V.-d to the citizens of this vicinity, with this Church, for the hoB • 
pitable manner in.^hich tkey have entertained the brethiisn and friends, 
during our stay with theai. 

19th. On motion adjourned to meet at Sandy Plain Church 13 miles 
Norihw3st from Shelby, Cleveland County, N. C, on Friday before the 2d. 
Sunday in August, IStio. L. H. McSWAiN, Moderator. 

D. ScKUGGs, Clerk. 


Beloved Brkthren : According to a resolve of your body last year, 
we address you from the 5ih Chapter of 2d Corinthians, and a part of the 
20th verse. " Now then vre are emba sadors for Christ." Embassadors 
sig'nifies an envoy or messenger. Therefore the Minister of the Gospel, 
is tiie messenger of Christ, and his message is primarily the Lord Jesus 
Ciirist and him crucified, as the only way of the sinners acceptance with 
God. The Apostle declares that he will not know any thing save Christ 
and him crucified. I^ is the very marrow and nirnel of all the Scriptures 
the scope and centre of all Divine Revalation. The ceremonial law is full 
ot"i hrist, and without Him no poor sinner could be^saved from the Wrath to 
come. It is said when Christ ascended he gave gifts unto men and that 
every good and perfect gift came down from the father of light, that the 
ministry is among his ascension gi/ts. We may justly infer the continual 
necessity of the gospel ministry, for by his ministers he mow teaches us and 
to that intent has fixed them in the church by a form Constitution, these 
to remain to the end of time, these officers he enlarged to the church at His 
ascension, that is when he ceased to teach them any longer with his own 
blessed lips ; and so sat them in the church that their succession shall nev- 
er totally fail. Therefore let ministers of the gospel at all times and under 
all circuiostances meekly, mildly, but firmly ascert the dignity of their sa- 
cred office and let them remember that an av^ful majesty sets on the brow 
of Holiness. Paul said to Timothy, "Let no man despise thy youth," 
Timothy, 4, 12, let not even young ministers allow improper liberties to be 
taken with them, but let them ever demand and command the respe^y due 
their office since, they are or profess to be the chosen and approved i-'epre- 
aentative of Christ', let them remember they that ai'e wise shall shine as the 
brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as 
the stars forever and ever, Daniel 12, 3d. 


Thft representativfi ch;»ractor of mnistors of the go-^pcl is tho most sol- 
emn Ihought ctmiiectod wiili the Uo'} office, tliey arc, so far as ri»e Uispen 
^i^g of the Gospel is concerned, the deputies of Christ tlie vicegerents of 
Christ on earth. 

•'Now tlien we are ambassadors for '"Mirisl as though God ditl beseech 
^ou by us, Ave pray you in Christ stoad " 2 ('orinthians 5. 20. There is 
no doctrine more clearly and iriipve^ >ivdy trmixlit in tlie Bible, tlien, ths»t 
the true mini.sters of the Gospel aie .-o! '.a be .\v;itchnicTi, unto the House of 
Israel, and are bound to wari^ !hei;. in tho place* of Christ, so that when 
they spenk the truth in their official capiicity, it is the same, n.s though 
Christ If imself had spo1;en this yioit truth is ir.o olten lost sig^ht of How 
rarely is it the case when a minister si;iud.s in toe sanctuary to officiate in 
Holy things that he is VNjgarded by the jieoplo as the representative of 
■Christ and as the chosen and con.-j'CiaiC'i rse Ihiin tlirough which and by 
which Christ makes known his will and dispenses his spiritual blessings 
to the world. And, alas! How often do ministers themselves forg t ihia 
great truth. There is a manifest disi osition on the part of the people to 
require of their min ster to reflect the sentiments of the world around hira. 
This is a grand perversion. The minister represents not men — but Christ 
—net human sentiments, but the Bible— not public opinion but the moral 
law— not eaith but Heaven. How, otherwise could he be the ambassador 
of Christ. 

How unlike the prophets of old — how contrary to the example of the 
j^postles. — And how opposite to the teachings of Christ, whose professed 
nmlaassador he is ? Therefore, let every minister of the Gospel w :o hat 
declared the Word of life be deeply and solemnly impressed with a sense 
of his representative character and teel that, in dispensing aivine truth, 
administering the Holy sacriments, and in performing every official function, 
he stands in the .place of Christ. And let all the people remember that, 
when he stands up and speaks to them in truth and love, it is as though 
Christ speaks. For the priests lips should keep knowledge, and they (the 
pei>ple) should seek the law at his mouth, for he is the messenger of the 
Lord of Hosts. Matthew 2, 7. 

If the minister be the messenger, then the Gospel is the message in which 
is revealed the love of God, the father to fallen man — through the persott 
of his son : And we are commanded to preach and to testify unto the peo- 
ple. Act 10, 42, that God sent his son into the world, that the world through 
him might be saved, John 3, 17. 

And, above all, let the minister unite prayer with his endeavors that 
his understanding may be illuminated, and his heart impressed with the 
great truths which the sacred seripture.«« contain. In the prosecution of 
his great mission to the families of the earth, the ambassador of Christ 
«hould attend to the public reading of the Holy scriptures. 

It may be remarked that this is a very laudable and necessary practice. 
One circumstance, why this should be attended to in congregations is, 
that numbers of the" hearers in many places cannot read them themselves, 
and not a few of them ne>;er hearthem read in the families where f hey re- 
side. It is strange that this has not long ago struck every person of the 
least reflection in all of our churches, and especiall}'' the ministers, as a 
ipost conclusive and irresistible argument for the adoption of this practice. 
It surely would be better to abridge the preaching to one-half the length, 
then to neglect the public reading of the Scriptures Remember the great 
God no sooner caused any part of his Will or Word to be written, then he 
commanded the same to be read, not only in the family, but also in tht 
congregation ; and then even when all Israel where assembled together, 
the men, women and children, and even the strangers that were withiu 
iheir gates, and the end was, that they might hear, and that they might 

8 circular/letter. 

learn and foar tlic Lord their God, a/d obsia-ve to do all the words of the 
hi\r. Dent, 81 ; 12. 

Afforwards. when synag:o2-uos vire erected in the land of Israel, that 
the people might every Sabbath i/cet. to worship God, it is well known 
that the .public, reading of the 8c/ipture Avas a main part of the service 
there pcrforitied ; so much so t\\k no less then three-fourths of the time 
was generally employed, it seem/, in reading and expounding the Scrip- 
tures. Even songs and prayer /vere ma ie subservient 'to that particular 
and principal employment Or service, the reading of the law, . 

This work or practise of reading the Scripture in the congregatien is 
warranted and recommended in. tlie New Testament as well as in the old. 
As christians, it, is fit and necessary that we should first of all. look unto 
Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. His example, as well 
as his precepts is full ofprecious and most important instruction, and it 
is a remarkable circumstance which ought never to be forgotten, that he 
began In's public ministry in the synagogue of Nazereth, by reading a por- 
tion of Scripture out of the book of the prop'^et Isaiah, Luke 4, 15, 19. 
And he taught in their synagogues being glorified of all. And he come 
to Nazereth where he had been brought up, and, as his custom was, he ' 
went into the synai'^ogue on the sabbath day and stood up to read. 

And there was delivered unto him (he book of the prophet Esa and 
<when he had opened the book he found the place where it was written: 
The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed rae to preach 
the Gospel to the poor ; he liath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to 
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind — 
to set at liberty, them that are bruised— to preach the acceptable year of 
the Lord. 

And he closed the book, and he gave it to the minister and sat down. 
This alone one would think might be deemed quite sufficient te justify- 
th^ practise among his disciples though all succeeding ages, and even in- 
spire them with zeal for its constant observance. The apostle Paul, in 
pointing out to Timothy, his ministerial duties, particularly mentions- 
heading, 1 Timothy 4, 13. give attendance to reading — exhortation to doc- 
trine — evidently distiifguisliing reading as one of the public duties incum- 
bent upon Timothy. There can be no reason for separating these three as 
if the former wa^ only a private duty and the other public ones The 
most natural and consistent idea is ; that they were all three public duties, 
«nd that the reading here spoken of was no otlier than the reading of the 
Scriptures in those christian assembles where Timothy was concerned, and 
which the apostle would have him by no means to neglect. If the public 
reading of the Scriptures was so necessary and important in those religi- 
■Ous assemblies, which had Timothy for their minister, how much more 
must it be in our assemblieg, and even in those which enjoy the labors of 
our most able and eminent ministers. Jesus Christ was the great teacher 
of the. church and prophet, as it is written. A prophet shall the Lord 
your God raise up unto you of your brethen like unto me — him shall ye 
hear in all things, whatsoever he Shall say unto you, Acts 3, 22. If Christ 
be the great prophet and reach* r of the church, ♦we may judge of doctrines; 
and, as it will serve us for a test of doctrines; £0 it will serve for a test of 
ministers ; and-hence you may judge who are authorized and sent by Christ 
the great prophet to declare his will to man. Surely those whom he sends 
have his spirit in their hearts as well as his words in their mouths." And 
according to the measures of grace received, they faithfully endeavor to 
fulfil their ministry for Christ as Christ did for his father. As my father 
hath sen: me, says ' hrist, so send I you, John 20, 27. They take ChHst 
for their pattern in the whole course of their ministration' and are, such 
as Sincerely eadeaver to imitate the great Shepherd in the following res- 


pects : Jesus Christ was i\ faiMiiul niini-ster, {h« fjiilhfuland true witness, 
RfCv. 1, 5. He declared the whole rxii;id of God to men. 
. Of hirn it was prophet iciilly said: i have not hid thy ri(;!iteausness 
within my heart. I have dechired tliy faithfulness and ihy salvation. I 
have not concealed thy loving kindness and thy truth from the great cou- 
gtr<egr.tion, Psa. 40, 10. To the same sense, and almost iu the same words, 
the apostle Paul professed : I have kept back nothing that was profitable 
lanto you. I have showed you all things. ' cts. 20: 20, 35. Not that 
every faithful minister, in course of his ministry, explains the whole body 
of truth and fully expounds and applies ^ach particular to -the people, but 
with respect to the doctrine which they have opportunity 6f opening, they 
do not out of fear or to accommodate and serve their ends, withhold the 
mind of Christ. They preach not as pleasing men but t}od. 1st Thes. 2; 
4. For if we yet please men, we cjinnot be the gervants of Christ. Gal. 
1; 10. Truth must be spoken though the greatest on earth be otfended 
Jesus Christ was a tender hearted minister, full of compassion to souls. . 
He was sent to bind up the broken in heart. Isa. 61; 1. He grieved %i 
the hardness of men's hearts. Mark. 3: 5. He mourned over Jerusalem, 
and said : 0, Jerusalem, how oft would I have gathered thy children as a 
hen gathers her brood under her wings. Mat. 22,^37. He that shows a 
hard heart, unatfect d by the dangers andmiserier of souls can never show 
_ a com>mission froro Christ to authorize him for ministerial work Once 
more : If the chosen ministers of the Gospel be the messengers of tie Lord 
of Hosts — if they be the ambassadors of Christ —it follows that they pos- 
sess autho ity above every other functionary upon earth. How could it be 
otherwise since they represent the King of Kings and Lord of Lords: Does 
the envoy of a prince bear with him the author!^ of his master, and the 
ambassador of a king the authority of his sovereign ? 

Ill like manner is the messenger of (Christ invested with power and au- 
thority, not only to teach, read, exhort, and persuade with all long suffer- 
ing, but to command in the name of ( hrist. It is not only his privilege 
but his right — not only his right, but his inflexible duty to speak authori- 
tatively in his official capacity. It is not a matter of taste, of choice, of 
■ prudance, or of worldly wisdom, whether he will speak authoritatively or 
hot, but a'matter of duty. He is bound, by fearful penalties, to speak as 
Christ commands him, Ezk. 3, 33. This authority ^ith which the mes- 
senger of Christ is clothed, entends not only to the church, but to the 
•world; not only to the common people, but to legislators, rulers, governors, 
kings and all the various functionaries of civil and political society, A 
minister mistakes the domain of his duty and authority by supposing it to 
5)6 restricted to an organized congregation or visible church. There was 
n« organized congregation or visible church, when he first received his 
<!ommission.and was empowered to go into all the world and preach the 
Gospel to every creature^ Luke 16, 15. He is chosen and consecrated for 
the express purpose of m*' king conquest of the world for Christ; there- 
fore, his authority reaches to every field of human action — to ev-ry de- 
gree of worldly rank and dignity to all the forms ©f society — in short, to 
all th? influences by which humanity is developed, thought moulded, and 
the heart of tnan impossed for good or evil: Christ delights in no* King 
in6re than the success of the ministry, to see the work of the Lord prosper, 
^hen the seventy returned and reported the success of their first embassy. 
Lord, said they, the devils are subject to us through Thy name. He 
«aid unto them, I beljeld satan as lighty fall from heaven. As if he had 
said : You tell me no news — I saw it when I sent you at first. I knew 
the Gospel would succeed when it cac[ie — and in that hour Jesus rejoiced 
in spirit, Luke 10 17, 18, 21. 

In the next place, as ministers are called and commissioned for the ex-^ 
press purpose of dispensing truth to the world — it is perfertly manifest 
that their duty is to preach the truth ia order to please God. Our Saviour 


gaid to wii : To tiiis end was I born./ John, 18; 37, and for this cnuie 
came I into the world, that I .shoiihy have written unto the truth. Con- 
gequentlj it is impossible to repiest/n, and Iq be like him, withou. pro- 
claiming the trutii at all times. Tfuth is a great power — it is thft iniglitj 
instrument by which God s spirit iegcneraies and sanctities the hearts of 
men and overcomes the worla. John 13; 17. .las. 1; 18. It is the sword 
of the spirit that will triumph over all opposition. Eph. 5; 17 It is tha 
essence of moral power —the most potent of all power — nothing can staud 
permanently before it. ' It can batter down the strongest fortress — it can 
scale the highest walls — it can scale the highest mountains; it can undermine 
the most impregnable barriers — it can subdue the mightiest armies- it it 
mighty, and will tinally prevail over all opposition. Mj word shall not 
return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it 
Bhall prosper in tlie thing whereto I sent it. Is. 4; 10, 11 Truth, there- 
fore, is the grand instrumentality by which the soul js rt?generated, the 
heart sanctitied, the mind developed, the love elvated, and world reclaimed 
to God. We ple:"^se God, therefore, by proclaiming the truth la his name, 
and by His authority. If the preaching of the Gospel by the minister ii 
HO well pleasing to Christ, how offensive it must be for one minister or 
ministers, to try to throw obstacles in the way of others, when the twelve 
rpostles were sent out to preach by Christ, and returned. John said unte 
liim : Master, we saw orie casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade 
liim, because he followed not with us. And Jesus said unto him, forbid 
him not. Luke 9; 49, 50. But A^iat says St Psiul. Hear him. Some 
indeed preach Christ, even of en/y and strife, and some, also, of good will. 
The one preach Christ of contentiou, not sneeringly supposing to add 
affliction to my bonds. 

But the other of lor 3, knowing that I am set for the defencie of the Gos- 
pel. What then, notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence or io 
truth Christ is preached, and I thereim do rejoice, yea and will rejoice. 
Phil. 1; 15, 16, 17. 18. 

'This is the true feeling of a Gospel minister — he is satisfied if the Gos- 
pel is preached to sinners. The command is to preach the Word, be in- 
stant in season and out of season. 2d Tim. 4; 2. They must never weary 
or become discouraged in repeating the same truth over and over, again 
and again. It is by the constant repetition of blows that the largest rocks 
are crumbled to pieces. Truth is the hammer of God in the hands of his 
ministers, that will break down all opposition — it is the great battering 
ram that will eventually dash to the ground every citadel — every wall of 
wickedness — every tower of inquity. But in order to this, the blows must 
be repeated again and again. Jericho must be encircled day by day until 
its walls fall prostrate to the earth. Nothing discourages a faithful preach- 
er of righteousness more than the apparent fruitlessness of his honest la- 
bors. But let him remember that he is only one of two parties concerned 
in the success of truth. He is the one party — the Holy Spirit is theoth*r. 
He is responsible only for the repeated, perseyering utterance of truth. 
God ia competent to take care of his own Word, and has promised that it 
shall not return unto him void. 

Aaron could not transform his rod into a serpant, but he could in obedi- 
ence to God's command, cast it upon the ground, and it became a serpent, 
and swallowed up tJe rods oi the magicians. Moses could not bring water 
out of the rock, but he could strike the rock as God comaianded him, and 
living waters instantly gushed forth. So we cannot regenerate the heart, 
or sanctify the soul, but we can preach the truth, which, w.en once in- 
stilled into the minds of men, will certainly accomplish its work, one way 
or the other, that is, it will prove a sarour of life unte life or of death unto 


11, 1865. 

• . FKIDAYMORNINa, Alia. 11. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, agreeable to appbinraentj 
by Elder J). Pannel, from Exodus, 21st. Chapter and 1st. verse : 

" JSTow these ave the judgments which thou slialt set "before them," 

After a short intermission, the.Deiegates met it the meeting house. 
Prayer by Elder L. H. McSwain. Proceeded to elect Elder D, 
Pannel, Moderator, and D. Scruggs, Clerk. 

1st. Afforded an opportunity to any church wishing to unite with 
this Association. 

2d. Invited Ministers present to a seat with us. Brother J. J. 
Jones, being present, accepted the invitation and took a seat with us. 

3d. Appointed a Committee to arrange the business of the Asso- 
ciation, viz : L. H. McSwain, M. Pannel, and Wm. McSwain, with 
the Bloderator and Clerk. Appointed a Committee on Preaching, viz : 
W. S. McArther, W. H. Carroll and Peter Sapoch, with the Deacons 
of this church. • 

4th. Keceived a letter from Zoar Church, to be considered to- 
morrow morning. Adjourned until 9 ©'clock to-morrow morning. 
Prayer by Elder J. J. Jones. , 


Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder D. Pannel, and 
proceeded t© call the roll. All present. 

5th. Read Constitution, Rules of Decorum, and Abstracts of 

6th. Took up and considered a letter from Zoar Church, asking 
the consideration of this Body, as to the propriety of taking some 
measures to remove existing difficulties, and restere peace and har= , 
mony in the entire bounds of the Kings Mountain Association. 

7th. Appointed a Committee of three to draft an answer to Zoar 
Church, viz : D. Pannel, Wm. McSwain and D. Scruggs. 

8th. Appointed the following Committees : 

On Union Meetings — B. Hamrick, J. Green and J. S. Bridges. 

On Finance- — A. Hamrick, T. D. Scruggs and Gettys. 
On SaUbath Schools-r-D. Scruggs, L. H. McSwain and "Win. Mc- 

On Obituaries— W. H. Carroll, J. M. Good and J. Prewit; 

On the State of Religion— W. H. Carroll, D. Scruggs and L- 
H. McSwain. . 



9tli. Called for Missionaries' Eeport, which was as follows .: 

On account of the confused state of the country, and fumilies be- 
ing unwilling to leave their homes, it was difficult to get 'i congre- 
,'-j:ation, part of the time. The enemy being in our land, he has there- 
fore performed but little labor, the past year. On account of the 
scarcity of current money, we omit the Missionary Sermon, and for- 
bear to take up a collection for the present. 

10th. Call for a report from Missionary Board, who report that 
they received from the Association s560, and paid the same' to Bro. 
D. Pannel, for Missionary service. 

11th. Call for Circular Letter, prepared by Elder D. Scruggs, 
which was read and adopted, and oi:dered to be printed with, the 
Minutes of this Association. 

12th. Elected persons to preach on Sabbath, as follows: Brother 
L. H. McSwain in forenoon, followed by D. Pannel; D. Scruggs^ 
in the afternoon, followed by brother J. J. Jones. 

13th. Elected Elder D. Scruggs to preach the Sermon Introdue- 
tory to the next j\.ssociation, and Ti. H. McSwain his alternate. 
Elected Elder D. Pannel to write a Circular Letter to the next As- 
sociation on a subject of his own choice. On motion, adjourned! 
until Monday morning, 9 o'clock. Prayer by D. Scruggs. 

Sabbath, the stand was occupied by those appointed, to a large, 
attentive, and well ordered congregation, with seeming good effect; 
and wc trust lasting good effect may result therefrom, as bread cast 
upon the waters. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder M. Pannel. 
14th. Called for the following report from Committee on Union 
Meetings, who report as follows : 

1st. At Boiling Spring, to commence on Friday before the first Sunday 
in March, 1866, and brethren Wm. McSwain, D. Scruggs, M. Pannel, D. 
Pannel and L. H. McSwain to attend it. 2d. at Walls', to commence on 
Friday before the 4th Sunday in May, 1866, and brethren D. Pannel, J). 
Scruggs, Wm. McSwain and M. Pannel to attend it. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools report, that on examination of letteys 
from the different churches in union, we find no report of any Sabbath 
Schools. We have, however, a verbal report from the church at Mount 
Sinai, of a school of 30 scholars, and in a flourishing conditian. Also a 
school at an arm of High Shoal, near the State line, consisting of about 85 
scholars, with a Bible Class of about 10 scholars, now under the control of 
C. C. Scruggs, as conductor, with 4 assistant teachers, and in a prosperous 
condition. We hope the time is at hand when others may follow the ex- 
ample, and may be able to see a flourishing school at every church. 

Committee on Obituarys report as follows: 

Boiling Springs — W. B. Lovelace, of Company D, 55th Regiment N. C. 
Troops, died in prison September 12th 1864. 

BetheU-y^. F. McArther, of Co. D, 66th Regiment N. C. Junior Reserves, 
died, Jan. — 1865. 

Bever\Dam — W. C. Hamrick, of Co. I, o8th Regiment N. C. Troops, died 
in prison at Point Lookout, Aug., 17, 1864. G. W, Hamrick, of Co, I, 38th 
Regt. N. C. Troops, was killed near Pete'rsburg, March 3, 1865. E. M. 
Hamrick, ©f Co. D, 2d. Regt. Junior Reserves, died Feb. 12, 1865. 

High Shoal— T. Padgett, of Co. I, 50th Regt. N. C. Troops, died, Jan- 

MINUTES. „ ?> 

23, 18C5. S. I. Wall, of Co. I, oGtii Regt. N. C. Troops, was kilied at Pe- 
tersburg, .7an/^G, 1865, M. Whitiker, IGth Kcgt. N. C, Troopa, died at 
Point Lookout, Jan. 4, 1865. 

Mount Pleasant— 'i^ . B. Hararick, of Co.D, 55th Regt. N. C. Troops, died 
atllichmond. Va, Sept. 8, 1864 

Sandy Plain — J. J- Dycas, of Co. D, 2d Regt. Junior Reserves, died April 
21. 1865. A. N, Dycas, of Co. B, 34th Eegt N. C. Troops, died April 21, 

Mount Harmony ^\im. Mnrry, of Co. I, 49th Regt. N. C. Junior Reseryes, 
died in prison, June 4, 1865. 

Walh — G. Melton, of IS". C. Troops, died near Greensboro. N. C, June, 

AV. H. CARROLL, Chairman. 

Committee on the State of lleligion, reported as follows : 

We see, in looking over tlie letters from the several churches in our Utile 
bounds, the report of peace and harmony is universal, and some report 
pretty little revivals. About one linndred have been added, by Baotism, 
in our liith; boundary in fhe past j^ear. The expression of harmony and 
brotiierly love is unusual, and the zeal, harmony and brotherly love which 
liave been displayed during this meeting, warrant us in the belief that the 
time to favor Ziou is at hand, and may the good Lord sp^ed its coming. 

Committee on Finance, report collected for printing Minutes, 

15th. Resolved, That the Cleric attend to the printing and uislri- 
bntion of so many copies of these Minutes as the money in his hands 
will purcha=^e, after reserving $5. for his services. 

16th. Considered a petition from the Shoal Church,<:; 
the Association to convene with that church in August, 1866. 
llequest <rranted. 

17th. Considered a query from Zoar Church, as fellows : 

QiiEHY. — Would it not i>e conducive to the interest ofreli^jrion, 
j^nd tiie genoial cause of Christ, withiij the bounds of Kings Moun- 
tain Association, for it to labor with, and take such measures as jn 
maybe caculated to restore harmony imd felit)wship with those \ j, 
churches, once constituent members of this body, who, by reasoD of \ 
a difference of opinion on the subject ot temperance, have seceded 
from the same ? 

Answer.— In answering the above query, we will necessarily 
divide the same into three separate divisions : 

l^t. Will it not be to the general interest of religion, and the 
of Christ, to labor, taking sftch Bteps as may be calculated to restore 
harmony and fellowship iu the entire Kinfs Mountain Association ? 
Answer, yes. 

2nd. J)id we <separate on the subject of temperance, or on the 
Constitution ? Answer, on the Constitution.' , ^ 

^ird. Did we secede, or withdraw, on constitutional principles ? 
Answer, we stood by the Constitution. 

- iSth. Resolved^ That the thanks of thL-^ Association are due, antl 
ai'e hereby tendered to, the brethren of this church and citizens of 
this vicinity, for the very kind manner in which ttiey have enter- 
tained this body during its stay with them. 

19th. On motion, adjourned to meet at High Shoal, on Friday 
before the 2nd Sabbath in August, 1866. 

D. S-cRUGGS. Clerk, 

D. PANiNEL, Moderator 



Thf. Constitutional Kings Mountain Baptist Association, to the Churches in 
Unio7i : 

Dear BRETHRE^^ : According to a resolution of last year, we address 
you this year upon -the subject of the Atonement — aad in entering on so 
sublime a subject, we are well aware that the short limits of a Circular 
Letter, can by no means cover so sublime a subject. We shall therefoi^ 
only present to you a few thoughts on its most important features, 
hoping they may be the means in the hand of God to the edifying of your 

In entering upon this subject, we will first notice the necessity of the 
Atonement ; and in the second place, its object; and in the third place, 
its nature; and in the fourth place, its effect, - 

1st. In view of human depravity, contrasted with the holiness and 
perfection of an offended God, who cannot look upon sin witli the least* 
degree of allowance, we must of necessity look some where for a media- 
tor': and when the Kevilator had searched in Heaven, and on earth and 
beneath the earth, he found no man able to accomplish the great work. 
The hand writing that was against us, from the moral law of God, and by 
reason of our sins, being in the hand of the Angel, and being sealed with 
the seven attributes of God, no man was found able to accomplish the 
great work of man's salvation. Well may the Ilevilator have wept. The 
• Apostle says of necessity, another priest mast arise, not after the order 
of Aaron, but after the order of Melchesidick, who abideth a priest con- 
tinually. These, with various other passages in the word of God, show 
conclusively that we need an atonement commensurate with the moral 
law, or man is destined to misery forever. Having fallen into decay, vio - 
lated the holy mandate of God, he is now helpless and hopeless, unable 
to extricate himself from his moral thraldom, the necessity of a mediator 
becomes very apparent; and this we have confirmed from the following 
passages: Compare Leviticus, 16th chap, and 11th verse, with 2od, 27th, 
28th and 25th, 9th; also Exodus 30th, IGth; also Numbers 8th, 19th, 
21st, and IGth, 46th, and 28th, 22d. These with various other passages 
in the word of God, agree with all the ceremonies connected with the 
cerimonial law, points as an index finger to the necessity of the atone- 
ment. All this is, liOAvever, compared to a school master, until the com- 
ing of the , Messiah. For it is said the sceptre should not depart from 
Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, till SJiilo come. The Apostle 
says it is impossible for man to be justified by the works of the law or by 
any offering he can make, as he has become a fallen and finite creature, 
•and the lawgiver infinite. The law which man violated was an infinite 
law ; the atonement must be infinite or it could have no effect in extricat- 
ing man from his moral depravity. And, to answer* this glorious purpose 
lie became God-man or Immanual, being interpreted "God with us," that he 
might answer the demand of the law — stand in man's law-place, and be- 
come the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 
This leads us to the second view of the subject, which is, the object of the 
atonement. And this appears to be singly for the benefit of man, as God 
or Jesus Christ could not profit by the atonementr, their porfection being 
complete. Nothing but the salvation of man could have separated the 
Son from the Father, whom he loved and whom the Father also loved. 
But as the poet hath said : 

" It was pity prompted tlie rising sigh. 
0, ma3' this truth, impressed witli awful power. 
1 too must die. sink deep in every breast/' 


Tlic object of tie atonement was to rocynoile coniending par- 
ties, ond malce peacj betwoeu ihobo who arc at variance. Man is 
liierefore at variance with God. the mind cai-nal and beint; at enmity 
asainst God, not subject to the Ixav of God, nor indeed can bo. Ir, is appar- 
ent, therefore, to all reasonable thoughts, that the object of the atonement, 
wa^ t-o better the condition of man, tor wuich God only claims the glory. 
^Vhen He looked from tlie heigth of His Sanctuary from Heaven, to behold 
the eartli — to hear the groaning of the prisoners, and to loose those who 
were appointed unto douiii. it was for tue jmipose of reaching dow^n His 
arm of arm of grace, to extricate man from the pit of destruction and 
elevate him to a level with the Son of God. for the atonement signifies at- 
one-ment — so the terms of reconciliation is atonement, and ca'ls fourth 
an ambassador to present to man the terms of reconciliation; that man 
though' blind, might seej though lame miglit walk, though in a 
state of poverty, might be mude rich, though in a state of death, 
might have life. 'J'he word atonement or p;i,citication of God's 
d'vine justice, by giving him a ransome, to balance the offence 
done to him b^' sin. The word atonement covering and intimating that our 
Sins are, by a proper atonement, covered from the avenging justice of an 
offended' God. Tiievatonement made by the ceremonial olierings did not 
really appeas the divine justice for offences, but only secured aginst the 
impending temporal punishment. It typified the satisfaction of Jesus Chrsi , 
which sutlicientiy balances our most heinous crimes, l^^xodus 29th and 
o6lh, and on that account is called the propitiation for aur sins, and not 
for oury only, but for the sins of the whole v.'orld. And this is found in 
Jgsus Christ, whom God hath sent fortli to be a propitiation, through 
faith in his blood, to dech^re his righteousness for the remission of sias 
that passed through the forbearance of God. Komans od and 25th. — 
Atonement plainly sfgnifies that there was a variance between God and 
man, and that t-hey arenovv reconciled. When the word is divided into 
sylables its meaning will be evident to every leader (at-one-ment.) Thus 
to atone is to make one, or to reconcile parties at variance, and to make 
atonement is to bring about reconciliation and peace. All this is em- 
braced in the object ot the atonement — to give light in the midst of dark- 
ness, holding out every inducement to man to elevate his feelings, to ani- 
mate his desires, to truly engage his solemn thoughts. It is intended to 
send ;_ forth good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. It is 
the very parent of the Gospel, It is designed to distinguish between the 
two covenants. Under the old, it was do and live. Under the new, it is 
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved. Thus pointing 
to Jesus Christ as the end of the Law for righteousness to all believers, 
pointing backward to the necessity, and looking forward to the character 
of the same. This will lead us to consider the third view of the subject 
— the character cf the atonement. In entering o© a subject so grave, 
■we strike upon a field which cannot be surveyed — over an ocean which 
cannot be fathomed. We engage a topic which hnman tongue can never 
express — a subject which should deeply interest all the human family, for 
on this hang all our px'ospects for time and eternity. We will first notice 
its complete answer to the law of God — that in it every prediction of the 
prophet is fulfilled, every demand of the Law made good, every condition 
of man met, every type of the Jewish Altar fully verified, until the Father 
says, "This is my beloved Son, in'whom I am well pleased." 

In the second place, it represents priest, altar, victim and blood, making 
all complete, entering once for all into the holiest of all, and by one offer- 
ing, perfecting forever all who are sanctified, for He, of God, was made 
unto us wisdom, righteousness, saiictification, and redemption." 1st. 
Corinthians, 1st. and Soth. That it might meet the expression of the pro- 
phet: "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord," for while the atone- 
ment ministers large yrofit to man, God claims the glory. 

In the third view of its character, the length and bredth, the height and 
depth of the love of God is developed, man's deplorable condition met, and 
the way ruRde open and sufficient for the demands of fallen man, that he, 


by tho grace of Go<.I, should l.aste death for every man, for iL is said of the 
propliet, » All we, like sheep, have gone ustray ;, each turned in his owu 
vny Ijut the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of vis all. leaving no leaf 
luKunied in all tiiat His Father's law required." The character of the 
Jironeuient is without measure, reaching from p(de to pole — to the neither- 
most parts of tlie earth, ^Vhercvcr the Gospel is preached, there stands (he 
atonouient of Him who died upon tjie Eomau Cross, holding out by his own 
il,)lood, .»!.■ itlnee and full salvation to fallen man. In the fourth place, iis 
.eharacter is to bring back that which was lost, or redeem fallen man from 
i,iis moral d.epravity or corruption, and restore him to the face and favor of 
&n oti'ended Sovereign, and has, in that gharacter, an adaptedness to meet 
<i.he demands of all classes of people. When lie bore the sins of the whole 
world, and tasted death lor every man. he made a universal atonement, 
fitted^for the old anel young, tlu» rich and poor, free and bound. Introduc- 
ing one dispensation and abrogating another, thus leaving the way open 
i'oi- man's free and full salvation in the character o^ a gift. •' Without 
,money and without price, come unto me all ye that labor a,nd ,'ire heavy 
jladen, and I will give you rest," as much as to say '-I have, by my own 
blood, cancellcti tlie debt, taking the hand writing out of the way, that 
joix may stand a< the redeemed of the Lord, justified freely by the blood of 
K^iirist, f.-om all things from which you could not b^ justified by the law of 
iMoses, and stand complete in Him, with a character sanctified and glorified. 
Tliis will lead us to the 4th, and last view of the subject — the eifect of 
iiha atonement, which is made aj)parent to every observer in temporal af- 
fairs. If the atonement had not been introduced at once after the coujmis - 
^'iou of sin. man must have sunk to endless ruin, liut.uiercy stepped in, 
with the atonement. " The seed of the woman hath bruised the serpent's 
liead," and by that means stayed the fatal blow —secured man's redemp- 
,iion by the promise of His own blood, and by it, time has been perpetuat^v^l 
7iear six thousand years, producing the long suffering and forbearanxie oi" 
(lod — the continuance of seed-time and harvest, and gathering together all 

1 he blessings common to life. But its effect is not confined here, but it 
clusters all the means of salvation — stands as the great nucleus of the 
Gospel, producing the Holy Spirit, and then, with uniting all the means of 
grace, becoming tlte light of the world that he might light every man who 
jcometh into the world, thereby'' raising man fi'om his state of degradation, 
giving light to his understanding, and bringing him nigh to God by the 
bloocT of Jesus, thereby sealing his- redemption ; slaying the enmity of hi.s 
carnal disposition, and reconciling him to the will and SVord of God. It in 
the atonement that supports every coUatei-al means of salvation, and ele- 
vates thenian in chistcndom above the man in heathen lauds — it cuts loose 
the mind of man from his idols, and leads him to the wor.-^hip of the living 
God; it gives us all our civil institutions, and regulates all our govern- 
ment aifairs. While we act in view of 'the unspeakable gift of God in 
producing the atonement., and hold ourselves under obligations to Him for 
His unspeakabl-c gift, the people prosper, and enjoy the good of the land. 
But when they loose sight ot tlie atonement they return to their idols, and 
the scourging hand of God is upon them. It is the atonment that has built 
up His Kingdom on earth, which stands as the light of the world — as the 
hidt of the eartji — and wield a salutary effect upon the wl/ole community 
around, and gives us all the better privileges we enjoy, civil or religous. 
Its reflection upon the human heart has been productive of light to the 
understanding — effecting a convincing of sin — a conviction for sin — a cou- 
uemnation by sin— a conviction fr^m sin, and uniting us to God. 

In conclusion : the effect of the atonement will locate in heaven the 
infant, the old, the poor, the blind, the laiue. the halt, the deaf, tliecastoff, 
the Jew and the Greek, who, with one voice — with immortal tongues — lisp 
ihe praise of God for free grace and redeeming love. 

And now, brethren, we commit you to the power of Ilis grace, praying 
tjlie best blessings of the good Lord may rest upon you, through these im- 
p.crfect lines, looking to the atoneraeut through the merit of Jesus, as the 
•'/riend and saviour of sinners. 











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J. Green, J. Prewit, A. Ilamrick, 

D. Pannel, V/. S. McArthcr. 

Wm. McSwain, B. Ilamrick, N. S. 

D. Scruggs, J. A. Wall, J. M. Good. 
T. D. Scruggs, J. M. Ilamrick. 
L. H. McSwain, J. Harrel, 
Peter Sapaw, W. H. Carrol, A. Earle. 
M. Pannel, A. Gettys. 
C. Yelton, A. Touey. 
J. S. Bridges, J. Robbing. 


J. Green, 

E. D. Hawkins, 

Wm. A. Jones, 

J. A. Wall, 
T. D, Scruggs, 
J. Randal, 
W. H. Carroll, 
J. Whitesides, 
A. Taney, 
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W. McSwain, 
D. Scruggs, 
L. H. McSwain, 

D. Scruggs, 
J. J. Jones, 
D. Scruggs, 
L. H. McSwain, 
Wm. McSwain, 
Wm. McSwain, 
D. Pannel, 



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New House, 
Camp Call, 
Oak Spring, 
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Boiling Spring, 
Bever Pam, 

High Shoal, 
Mount Plesant, 
Mount Sinai, 
Mount Paran, 
Sandy Plain, 
Mt. Harmony, 




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Sepiember II, 15, 16, 17, 186&. 





Friday, September 14th/ 1866. 
The King's Mountain Assoeiation met this day, on it's Fifteenth 
Anniversary, with Concord Gijurch, Rutherford County. N. C. 
The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder P. R. Eiam, 
-from the 11th verse of the 84th Psalm: '''' For the Lord God is ^a 
sun and shield : the Lord loill give grace and, glory : no good thing 
' will lie withhold from them that lualk uprightly y 

After prayer by Eider L. M. Berry, took a recess of an hour for 
refreshment; after which the* Delegates assembled in the house, 
and Elder T.B. Justice led in devotional exercises before proceed- 
ing to organize the body. 

Elder R..P. Logan, former. Moderator, called- .the body to order 
and nominated. Elders L, M. Berry and G. M.^Webb as Reading 
^Clerks. A call was then made on the churches for tlieir represen- 
tation and statistics, which was communicated by letters and min- 
uted by the Ci^^k. 

On motion, the Delegation proceeded to ballot for officers, 
tvhen Elder R. Post on v/as elected . Moderator ^BXidi Bro. J. R., 
i Logan, Clerk, 

On motion, the correspondence €r<)m sister Associations was re- 
^ ceived as follows, viz : 

Broad Biver. — ^A letter by*the hands of Elder T, B. Justice, J. 
rS. Ezell, W. Hill. -J. C. Burge and. Bro. E. McBrayer, Messen- 
, gers. 

Green 'JRiver. -^skhtier by Elders .W. Harrill, B. ^^S. Rollins, 
Cl B. Justice. A 'MeMahan, W. J. Wilkie, W. Haynes and 
: 'Bro. D. D. Latti more,' Messengers. 

Invited visiting ministers not delegated, to seats, and received 
;Bro. C. Durham, a licentiate. . 

Appointed Elders R. P. Logan^ J; H.^ Yarboro'l Bro: S. H. El- 
liott, with the Moderator and Clerk, a Committee of Arrangement, 
On motion, the Moderator announced the following Committees 
^ on the various branches of the Associational businesSj viz: 



Oil Preaching during the Session. — Brethren J. J. Hicks, N** 
Scoggin, J» A. Roberts, with the Deacons and ministry of Concoro 

On Union Meetings. — Elder G. W. Rollins, R. H. McBrayer,. 
J. Poston. 

On Finance. — Elder G. M. Webb, B. B. Harris, L. M. Putnam. 

On Sabbath Schools. — Elder L. A£. Berry, E. J. Lovelace,, J. C. 

On Domestic Missions. — Elders L. M. Berry, J. H. Yarboit)', 
G. VV. Rollins. 

On Temperance. — Bros. J. A. Roberts, J, E. Leatherniany J. 

On Periodicals. — Bros. J. R. Logan, P. R. Elam, C. Clark* 

On Queries.— EUqvs J. H. Yarboro", P. R. Elam, G. W. Rol- 
lins, T. B. Justice^ B. E. Rollins. 

On motion, the Mlowing Brethren were appointed to write to 
sister Association-s with which we correspond, and Messengers to 
bear the letters, viz : 

Bro. J. C. Lattimore to write to the Broad River Association. 
Elders L. M. Berry, R. P. Logan, A. A. McSwain, R. Poston, J. 
H. Yarboro', P. R. Elam, J. Poston, Messengers, 

Elder A. A. McSwain to wTite to the Green River Association, 
Elders L. M. Berry, G. M. Webb, G. W. RolUns, A. A. Mc* 
Swain, Bros. N. Scoggin, J. R. Logan, Messengers. 

Elder P. R. Elam to write to the Bethel Association. Elders 
L. M. Berry, P. R. Elam, Messengers. 

Elder L. M. Berry to write to the Brown's Creek Association,, 
and go as a Messenger. 

Agreed to drop the correspondence with the Catawba River As- 
sociation for the present year. 

On motion, adjourned until to-morrow o'clock, A. M. Pray- 
er by Elder W. Harrill. 

Saturday, September 15th, 1866. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by th^e Moderator. 

Called the Roll of delegates, and a q^uorum being present, pFo- 
ceeded to business. 

On motion, the Committee of Arrangement reported,- an4' was^ 
disebarged from this branch of it's business, • 


Elected Elder J. II. Yarboro' to preach the Introduetorj Ser- 
*aion next jear, and Elder G. W. Rollins, alternate. 

Elected Elder R. Poston to write a Circular Letter for next 
session. Subject: Temperance. 

Elected Elders T. B. Justice, J. S. Ezell an€ W. Hill to preach 
©n the Sabbath, in 'the order of their names. 

On motion, called for the Circular Letter for trhis session, when 
Elder G. W. Rollins, rendered excuse satisfactory to the body fur 
•not writing. 

Elder I>-. Pannell presented a memorial touching matters of 
grievance from Brethren com^posing the so-called Constitutional 
King's Mountain Baptist Association, whioJi was read, and by 
unanimous consent of the body laid on the table. Whereupon, 
Elder J. li, Yarboro' introduced tlie following Preanible and 
Resolution, viz : 

Whereas, we fmd a disposition exhibited by a large number of 
the Brethren on both sides of the King's Mountain Association, to 
adjust the difficulties now existing between us, and whereas, the 
-adjustment is -highly desirable bj ihis body : 

Resolved^ Tliat the whole matter in dispute be referred to a 
'Convention of nine Brethren from this body, to meet an equal 
number of Brethren fi^om the other division of the Thing's Moun- 
'tain Association, to adjust said difficulties ; and in -case said Con- 
vention should fail to settle the difficulty, let the said Convention 
have powc^r to call in a conxmittee of disinterested Brethren of un- 
• doubted piety and worth, from other bodies, and let them adjust 
the whole matter, and we abide theii' decision. 

After some discussion, on motion of Elder L. M. Berry, tha 
i>'foregoi!:g resolution was amended by striking out the words, "nina 
Brethren from this body, to m^et an equal number of Brethren 
from the other division of ike King's Mountain Association," and 
inserting icPG delegates fvom each Church comjjosing both divisions 
of the As^sociatlon. And being thus amended the resolution was 

On motion, the body appointed Elders G. W. Rollins, L. M« 
Berry, J. IT. Yarboro' and P. R. Elam, a committee to confer with 
the Brethren present, representing the other division of the 
-Association, and if practicable agree upon a time and place fori 
ilioldin^ the Convention contemplated .in the resolution just 



adopted, which committee immediately retired for a short space' of 
time, and after consultation had, reported, that by mutual agree- 
ment, said body would convene with the Church at Zoar, on Fri-^ 
day before the 4th Sabbath in October next. Which report was 
concurred in by the Association. 

On motion, the Association adjourned until Monday; morning 9^' 
o'clock. Prayer by Elder A. A. McSwain.. 

Sunday, September 16th,'- 1866. 
The stand was occupied at IT) o'clock, A. M., by Elder T. Bl 
Justice, who delivered an interesting sermon to a large and atten-^- 
tive congregation. He was followed by Elder 'Ji S. Ezell, but by 
reason of the inclemency'' of the- weather the services were intei"^ 
rupted, and he closed his discourse before finishing— much to 'tlie . 
regret and' chagrin of an anxious audience. We hope, however," 
that God' will bl^ss the word dispensed and render it productive of 
much and'lasting good'to those who 'were present on th« occasion. 

Monday, September ITth, 1366. 

The Association met according: to adjournment. Player by 
Elder Jl S. EzelL Called the roll of delegates ; a quorum being 
present- absentees were excused and the body prooeedfed to busi- 

Considered the petition of Lebanon' Church, asking a letter of 
dismission to 'join the Catawba River Association^ and the request 
was granted,' 

The Committee on Union Meetings recommended the holding 
of the next Union Meeting at Bethlehem Church'; commencing on 
Friday before the 2nd Lord's day in^^ugust next. (The church is 
situated 10 miles South-east of Shelby.) Which report was con- 
curred in by the body, and Elders R. P.' Logan, A. A. McSwain^ 
J. H: Yarboro', G. W. Webb and James Poston w^ere appointed 
toatfcend the same. 

''JJhe Committee on Sabbath Schools reported through their 
(>Hairman, Elder L. M. Berry, briefly, that they have no data upon 
which to base a report, but are of opinion that the Association 
Cught to take steps c6 see that each church has a school organized 
and cause annual reports to be made to this body. 

The Committee on Finance, through Elder G. M. Webb, Chair- 


man, reported as follows, viz ; Amount contributed by churches- 
for Minutes, specie, $1^.40; currency, 118.50. 

On motion of Elder A'. A. McSwain, the Clerk was instructed', 
to have as many copies of the Minutes published as the funds on 
hand will pay for after retaining $5.00 for services. 

The Committee on iMmestic Missions, by Elder li. M. Berry, ■ 
reported, and objections being made by several members of the 
body, on motion, the report was re-committed. 

The Committee on l^emperanoe submitted^^ through Bro. J. A. 
Ileberts, Chairman, the following report, via-t 

It has been with feelings of the deepest interest that we have 
watched the progress of the noble cause of Temperance for 
several years, and had lioped that ere this tikie the subject would 
have been^ finally settled, and that both^ preachers and people 
would hkve taken' a firm stand in favor of' total abstinence ; :but ' 
alas! aks ! ! the subjcct^jet continues to create its share of public 
interest^ and while some are contending- for purity on this subject, 
others a?6 taking off the small supply of bread and converting it 
into poison-that^ destroys both soul and body ; and while the or^y 
of' the fatherless and the widew' are coming; from every nool^snd 
corner of our country^, there are those wKo, like the horse leech, 
are crying " give, give^" and still seem to glory in the work of de- 

The question that very naturalPy presents- i4:self is, how are these 
iMngs to be remedied ? We answer, let the preachers take a firm 
stand on this subject and urge upon' the churehes the importance 
of carrying out temperance principles firmly and conscientiously ; 
and let both Pastors and churches labor unitedly for the putting 
down of this evil practice, and while we say that we are tempe]-- 
ance Baptists, -let us prove by our' actions that our assertions ar^ 
not idle t^les. 

The Committee on Eeligious Periodicals, by Bro. J. E, liOgan^ 
Chairman, reported : 

Respectfully calling the attention of the delegates of thi,s Asso-. 
ciation, and through them the membership of the se>:eiti>l.. churches i 
they represent, to the great and increasing demai^d nowejiistiBg'foi^i 
religious reading, A large number of young.^^girsons are now re- 
ceiving Sabbath School instruction within the bounds of our Asso- 
ciation, and are not only becoming attachedutptiis. institution of 


fSabbath Schools, but are, through the means of religious traiifmg 
in such nurseries, becoming more and more anxious to read reli- 
gious Newspapers, 'Books and Magazines. The thirst for religious 
^literature is obviously largely on the increase, and wc see the Sab- 
bath School scholar with eagerness catching att ^nd greedily de- 
vouring, with thagreatest seeming .pleasure, .every article usually 
found in such papers, \Vhich happen to find the way to their hands; 
thus contributing not only te their mental culture, taste and gener- 
al literary improvement, but in many instances, through the bletj- 
sed iiiBuences of God's spirit, softening 
.-susceptible of divine impressions, and thus paving the way 'to the 
deception of Bible truth. Many of the young converts recently 
added to the churches hare, no doubt, received their'first religious 
iimpressions from >religious reading in fhe Sabbath School. Then, 
dear Brethren, let (religious periodica'ls be sustained and distrlb- 
.utcd amongst thecdhurches, so that all, without regard to age or 
sex, may s-ead and be odihed, and thus become better acquainted 
w^ith tho -religious world, and be engaged more fully in furthering 
the cause of our 'Redeemer amongst us all. The "Biblical Be- 
corder," published in Ealeigh, "N. C, at $4 per annum in currency, 
has long been recognized as the organ of the Baptist Denomina- 
tion of this State, and should be patronized by every^ lover of the 
^eause of religious literature. 

The Committee on Queries, to which was referred the Query 
jfrom the Lincolnton Church, viz: "What is the true gospel 
'XJOUP99 to be pursued, where a member has been excluded from a 
'^church for acts of 'gross .immorality, (such as wilful lying,) and a 
•sister church, of a coi responding Association, receives such ex- 
'duded member into fellowship without laboring to reconcile the 
church from which the member vvras. excluded, or endeavoring to 
rrestore said member to the fellowship of the church from which 
ihe was excluded.'?" submitted, through .Elder J. H. Yarboro', the 
following answer, which was adopted, viz: First — Your Commit- 
:\tee believe that a church is transcending its proper limits when it 
receives a member excluded from another church of the same 
faith and order, without first laboring for reconciliation. Second, 
we advise our churches to be very careful and cautious in such 
ca^es ; but when such cases do occur, We think all laudable 
means should be used to reconcile the two churches. And what 


^^e say of 'Churches, we think the same is true of corresponding 

Bro. J. R. Logan introduced the following resolutions, which 
"were adopted, viz : 

Besolved, That the pilblication of the Minutes of this ses- 
rsion of the Association "be deferred until after the meeting 
of the Convention at Zoar, on the 26th of October next, in or- 
der that the Journal of said Convention maj be annexed -thereto 
.and published, if so ordered 'by the body, and that each church >be 
requested to increase their contributions for that ©"bjeet. An4 be 
it further -oivi rn i 

Resolved^ That all Ministers of our -faith and ordei-, of whatso- 
ever Association or body, *be r«ee[uestetl to attend said' Convention 
to aid in Council. 

X On motion, 'Elder. Jno. S. Ezell was appointed and -requested 
itoattendandpreach'the sermon intiH^ductory to the Convention, 
which appointment be accepted. 

Agreed that our next session of this body be held with the 
'Church at Tkesalonica, (situate onthe-road leading 'from Shelby to 
Newton, 8 miles 'South-west from the latter place, and , '10 miles 
North-west from Lineolnton,)- commencing on -Friday before tktt 
• Srd Lord's day in' September, 1^837. rmnmi^ -■ 

Voted a resolution of thanks to the Brethren and friends in the 
vicinity of Concord Church, for their hospitality manifested in the 
accommodation of 'the body during its session. 

After the readiag of the Journal of proceedings and approval 
♦of the same, Elder W. Hill prayed, and the Association adjourn- 
.ed. EGBERT POSTON, Moderator. 

MNO.F..h0^m, Clerk. 

!TJ b^ 

cmciJLAR ieitek: 


To the Churdhes in TTnion : 

Dearly Beloved Brethren : The fifteenth annual session of 
our body has this day closed in peace and harmony at Concord, 
and although some difference of views seemed to be entertained 
daring the session in reference to the reconstruction of our former 
Associational Union, and the method of ■ carrying out the principles 
of Temperance amongst the chiiJnjhes, yet, in' the sequel and mo- 
ment of separation for our respective homes, the glowing counte- 
nances of the Brethren while taking the parting hand, seemed to 
say " let by.gones be by-gones ; let there be no more strife and 
angry contention among the household of faitW,*' and the Brother- 
hood manifested unmistakably to each other that christian charity 
which envieth not and doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh 
not her own, is not easdly provoked, thinketh-no evil, but beareth, 
believeth, hopeth and enddreth all things. The session was one of 
no ordinary amount of interest ta the churches and religious 
community generally ; because measures were initiated, discussed 
and perfected, having for their object the healing of the sad breach 
in our Associational body which no vr unhappily exists ; caused no 
doubt by extreme zdal in endeavoring to carfy out important 
measures, which rupture has been too long neglected, and thus suf- 
fered to fester and generate gangrene upon our holy cause, and 
thereby clog the wheels of Zion in ou<r midst. 16 is now however, 
hoped, that gracious oil has been poured upon tlife wicked elements 
of strife, and that peace and union will come forth out of confu- 
sion and discord. 

It is with feelings of gmtitude that we infbrm- you that quite a- 
number of our corresponding Brethren from sist^^r Associations 
attended with us, and gave us tlie benefit of theii*' counsels, be- 
sides ministering in word fend doctrine to anxious hearers : and we 
are happy to say the advice given tended to the cultivation of 
peace and christian harmony ; for which we feel truly thankful, 
and indulge the fond hope that we shall not hereafter fail to appre- 
ciate and duly reciprocate such kind andbenev&lenti^acis*- 



The reports from a goodly number of our churches^ ai'e cliecr- 
ing indeed to the christian and philanthropist. During the past 
year, it has pleased Go(3 to add unto the chu'Tches by baptism^ 23S 
precious souls, while the good work seems yet to abound, and is 
still progressing amon;gst' us. To God be all the glory. 

Beariy. Beloved Brethren, thse places whdeh' now know us, will 
in a very short time know us no m-€«?e forever. Let us, Mierefore 
'eschew vain glory and dissimulation; let every one esteem his 
Brother better than himself ; letj there be no angry attempt to ar- 
raign each other before earthly tribunals, upon mere ramor or 
suspici<i>n of lack of fealty to the cause of oui^ common Hedeemer. 
Katherlet our eyes be fixed upontlie heavenly inheritance in res* 
ervation for the faithful at the right hand of the Eather;. while an 
upright walk and godly convei'sation' shall prove a lamp • to our 
path and;a light to our feet while we journey on t&o>ugh the sor- 
ix)w. and cares of^ this life to the Saints, eterr^al rest in the celestial 
world, ofVpeace and love. " Finally Brethren, whatsoever things 
are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatso- 
ever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there 
b©>any praise, think on these things." 


^•us-i, .V 

^: X/(ri^H M .wK 




Priday, October 2Gth, 1866. 

Pursuant to a resolution, adopted by the King's Mountain Bap- 
tist Association, at its late session at Concord Church, on the 17th 
day of September, (ultimo,) a Convention of delegates, composed 
of each division of the Association, this day convened at Zoar 
Meeting House, Cleaveland County, N. C, for the purpose of ad. 
justing a matter of grievance existing between the two bodies. 
Elder J. S. Ezell, of the Broad River Association, under an ap- 
.pointment, preached a sermon introductory to . the proceedings, 
i^rom 5th Chapter of Matthew, 16th verse : " Let your light so 
shine hcfore men^ that they may see your good worls and glorify 
your Father which is in Heaven.^'' 

Elder J. C. Burge then led in prayer, and a recess of 30 min>' 
tites was given for refreshment. 

The delegates again assembled in tbe Meeting House, and sol- 
emn prayer was offered up by B-lder M. C. Barnett. 

On motion of Elder P. R. Elam, Elder R. Poston was appoint- 
ed President _^7'o tempore^ and Elder G. M. Webb, Secretary. 

The following Churches were represented by delegates, viz.: 

Bandy Him. — G. W. Rollins, A. A. McSwaln, 

Zion. — R. Poston, D. PostoJi. 

Zoar. — J. R. Logan, -S. Wea\v0p. 

Double Springs.—^. II. Yarboro"^, [D. Buttle. 

New Bethel-^.. E. Elam, R. T. ilord. 

Pleasant MiU-. — J, A. Roberts, J. Poston. 

Big Spring. — R. Price, J. C. Lattimore. 

Bethlekom. — R. P. Logan. 

iOiivei,--^. Fisher. 

(aorwi>Td.—G. M, Webb, W. Harrill. 

fjTh^saionieai-^^ , J. iHicks, ,A. iBaker. 

.Lincolnton. — ^L. M. Berry, 3^. A. Parker. 
^^'/Ae? (Catawba).— C. Clark, S. -Setzer. 

JBethel. — D. Pannell, W. McArthur. 

JMount jSinai.-^John Harrill, S. Wiley. J 


Mount Pleasant,-— T. D. Scruggs, D. Scruggs* 

Beaverdam, — W. McSwain, J. Bridges. 

WalVs Church. — Geo. Davis, A. Harrill. 

Sandij Plains. — J. Walker, I. Whiteside. 

High Shoals. — N. Dobbins, A. M. Robison, 

Mount Paron. — W* H. Carroll, A. Earls. -^ rfjog 

Mount Harmony.—^. Earls, A. Toney. 

Brother J. J. Hicks moved that the delegates belonging to th& 
Regular Division of the Association be iornaed into a separate 
body. Brother J. R. Logan offered sn amendment, embracing 
the delegates of the other divisiion, that both be merged into ocs 

A protracted discussion followed ; in which Brethren M. C. Bar* 
nett, J. S. Ezell, G. M. Webb, J. H< Yarboro', J. R. Logan, A. 
Harrill and J. Bridges favored the amendment ; while Brethren L. 
M. Berry, J. C. Burge, R. P. Logan, G. W. Rollins, A. A. Ma- 
Swain, J, J. Hicks and J. C. Lattimore favored the original mo- 
tion, which was carried. On motion, the delegates of the Megular 
wing, repaired to the stand, and organized by electing Elder L. M, 
Berry, Chairman, and Elder G. M. Webb, Secretary. On motion, 
the Chairman then appointed J. H. Yarboro', G. W. Rollins, P. 
R. Elam and J. C. Lattimore, a Committee to confer with the oth- 
er division of the Association, and all papers and other matters 
in controversy were referred to them, with iustr^uotions to report 
OH to-morrow marning by 10 o'clock. On motion, the Chairman 
and Secretary were added to the Committee. 

On motion of J. J. Hicks, Elder A. A. McSwain was appointed 
Messenger^ to confer with and bear dispatches to and from each 
wing of the Convention during their sittings. 

Solemn prayer was offered by Elder J* H, Yarboro', and the 
body adjourned to meet again at 9 o'clock, A. M., to-morrow. 

While the foregoing proceedings were being had at the Standi 
the delegates representing the " ConsiiiuiioomV^ wing, occupied the 
House, and proceeded to organize by electing Elder D. Pannell, 
Chairman, and Brother W. H. Carroll, Secretary. On motion, 
the following Brethren were appointed.) a Committee to confer 
with the Committee of the other division, and labor for reconcilia- 
tion^ viz: Elder W. McSwain, John Bridges, N. Dobbins, A. M. 
Robison, I, Whiteside. On motion, the Chairman and Secretary 


were added' to the 'Committee. The Ghairman then -'itivokcld the 
'divine benediction, and the bod j adjourned until 9 o'clock, to- 
morrow morning. 

Saturday, October 27th, 1866. 

Both wings of the ConyenUon convened in the House, and sol- 
emn prayer was offered by Elder J. C. Burge. 

The roll of delegates was then called, and a quorum <5f each di> 
Tision answered to their names. 

The delegates ^ of the -Regular body, were l-equested by the 
•Chairman, to occupy the seats on the right of the pulpit, and those 
of the " ConstitutionaV^ body, the seats on the left. Elder L. M. 
^Berry, as Chairman of the Committee of the Regular Division^ 
made the following report, which was, without discussion, unani- 
mously adopted by^oth wings of the Convention, and is in words 
and figures as follows, viz : 

We, the Committee appointed by the wing of the Convention 
representing the Churches, composing the jR^^wZar King's Moun- 
tain Baptist Association, beg leave to submit the following as our 
report : 

Whereas, The King's Mountain Association did, >at its session 
held with the' Pleasant Hill Church in 1859, pass the following 
resolution, viz : ^^Resolved, That whereas, our Association adopted 
the report of the Committee on Temperance : therefore, we will 
withdraw ourselves from any bhurch in our union which holds a 
member or members who buys, sells or drinks, as a common bev- 
erage, any kind of intoxicating spirits ;" 'which resolution was unan- 
imously adopted, and the following year, :at High Shoals, led to 
the rejection of three Churches; whereupon, four others with- 
drew, and soon thereafter, with the rejected churches, formed 
themselves into an Association, known by the name of "The 
Constitutional King's Mountain Association." And, whereas, we 
otherwise having the utmost confidence in the piety of" the church- 
es thus renting, as well as the soundness of their faith in all the 
distinctive doctrines of the Baptist denomination, and being griev- 
ed that irregularities -have and are still likely to grow out of this 
very unhappy affair,'and that a unionrof the two bodies upon am i- 
cable terms is desirable ; we would present the following reso- 
intions, as expressive of the desire upon our '[ part to settle the 


airhole difficulty, -and do most sincerely hope^they "will prove satis- 
ii factory to all concerned : 

Resolved, Therefore, that while we still maintain the principles 
^ of temperance^ and are willing and determined to carry them out 
^ in all of our churches ; yet, on mature reflection, we are convinc- 
ed that the resolution passed at Pleasant Hill was ujiconsiiiiUional^ 
. and its legitimate results was the rupture of the body at High 
^ Shoals in 1S60. And that while we deeply deplore its results, the 
I blame rests on the whole body at Pleasant Hill, and ;ihat each di- 
, vision of the body is equally responsible for the results of the res- 
. olution. 

Resolved further, That the King's Mountain Association may 

have and doubtless did err, in too hastily publishing the renting 

.; Brethren as in disorder ; and that we believe both bodies have 

V done wrong in using harsh and unchristian denunciations, of each 


Resolved furtJier^ That we believe the minority did wrong in 
proceeding to organize an Association without taking proper steps 
' ^0 settle the difficulty with the Regular body, and furthermore, 
that they did, -wrong in receiving Drury Scruggs among them as a 
minister, upon a certificate of membersiiip irregularly obtained, 
when they had good reasons, upon reliable information, to know 
that he had been deposed from the ministry ; and furthermore, 
that High Shoals Church did wrong in refusing to return his certi- 
ficate of membership when called on by the State Line Church, 
and in granting the said Scruggs a letter of dismission in full fel- 
lowship, when he was about to abscond the country. 

Resolved furthermore^ That we will on both sides re-call all un- 
charitable resolutions, and unchristian denunciations of each otlier, 
and that we will, next year, organize the King's Mountain -Associa- 
tion at Thesalonica Church, under its present Moderator, and upon 
its present Constitution ; subject to alteration or amendment by 

its own provisions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. M. BERRY, Chairman. 
An appropriate .hymn was then sung, and the right hand of fel- 
lowship given to each other; whereupon,. Elder L: M. Berry, was 
K unanimously voted permanent President of the Conventioa, and 
, Elder (j. M, Webb, permanent Secretary. 


The Presidignt' tlieri' made a few appropriate remarlcs, and d<e-- 
clared the matter of grievance between the two divisions of the' 
Association' amibably adjusted arid settled; that they would no- 
longer be known as the " Regular^'' and " ConstitutlonaV^ King's 
Mountain Association. Tlie body will hereafter be known as the- 
United King's Mountain Baptist Association^ . . . 

,, The following Resolution was adopted,- viz : ' .• ■.. 
,"' Resolved, That under a resolution of tiie Association, calling on 
the several churches to increase their contributions for publishing 
the Minutes and Journal of the Conventibn, Elder P. R. Elam, J. 
A. Roberts and N. Dobbins, be appointed tto receive funds for that 
object from either churches or individuals, stid that the Secretary 
of this body be instructed to turn over the proceedings to Bro. J. 
R. Logan, Clerk of the Association, and that he revise tli« same 
and have them published with the Minutes of the Association. 
The Financial Committee reported monies received as follows, vizt- 

From churches, in specie $ 4 30' 

"- " *' currency $4 65, equal in specie to.-. 3 02- 

From individuals, in specie, 9 02 

" "' in currency, $4 25, equal in specie to. . 2 7"6 

Total...... $19 10 

Voted a rftsolution of thanks to the Brethren and friends of 
Z^oar Church and vicinity for kindness manifested in preparing for 
and entertaining the Convention during its session. 

On motion, ordered, That the President sign the foregoing pro- 
ceedings and that the same be attested by the Secretary. 

The President invoked the divine benediction on the delibera- 
tions, and the body adjourned sine die. . 

L. M. BERRY, President, 

G. M. Webb, Secretary, 

Note. — Under an invitation given by the Association' to minis- 
tering Brethren generally of our faith and order, we were much 
pleased in being able to record the names of Elders M. C. Bar- 
nett, J. S. Ezell, T. Dickson, J. C. Burge, D. Wray and Brother 
C Durham, from other bodies, as being present on the occasion : 
some of whom rendered material aid in settling the difficulty. 

Services were kept up at the stand for the benefit of a large 
congregation who attended, and we hope they were much profited 

/ JNO. B. LOOAN, ChrJc, 

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„T^ T;cen«ed Preachers m ^ia^iC5, and 
Mialsters in s.iall capitals, L^ n e 

Laymen m roman letters. 

Sandy Run, 



Double Springs, 

New Bethel, 

Pleasant Hill, 

Mount Yernon, 


Big Spring, 







Mooresboro, N. C, 
Shelby, K C, 
Shelby, N. C, 
Camp Call, N. C, 
Gardner's Ford, N. C, 
Shelby, N. C, 
Seagle's Store, IT. C. 
Seag;le's Store, H. C. 
Johnson, N. C, 
White Plains, K C, 
Catawba Station, N. C 
Lincolnton, N. C., 
Webb's Ford, N. C, 
Jacob's Fork, K C, 
Lincolnton, N. C, 
Rock Cut: N. C. 

J. 8. Ezell, 
J. H. Tarboro, 
J. H. Yarboro, 
J. S. Ezell, 
R. Poston, 
D. Wray, 
G. W. Rolhns, 
A. A. McSwain, 
L. M. Berry, 

G. M. Webb, 
L. M. Berry, 
L, M. Berry, 
L. M. Berry, 

W. B. Lovelace, 
A. J. Irvine, 
E. C. Wilson, 
W. W. Green, 
R. T. Hord, 
J. A. Roberts, 
M. F. Hull, 
A. L. Johnson, 
S. C. Gettys, 
G. Herndon, 
J. T. Saunders, 
J. L. Crouse, 
Wm. Harrill, 
J. J. Hicks,' 
J. A. Parker, 
A. Clark, 

"'"""TT^'IT'^ Harris, N. Scoggin. 
^\T?rioU J Weaver, L. M. Patt™- 

J. Hughes. 
. PalJ^Si^p. 


[ebb, W. HarriU. 


Yalue \n Specie 9,f $13 50 mCurr 

Total contributions in Sp^^e...... 

Debt of last year m Pledges,.... 

(}icrVs Allowance, ♦ 

golle,Qted on Pledges,.... 

Bfemainingdebt,. . • 

Balance on band, . . • .• ^ • • • • • ' * • ' 
Clerk's Allowanc© this year,. . 

Amount oil band to pay lor Minu 









September 13, li, 15, IC, ISGT. 

H^PP'^; •?"''%* ■ ^ . H^ , 


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Friday, September 13tb.l867. 

The King's Mountain Baptist Associa- 
lion met this day, on it's Sixteentli An- 
niversary, with TiiESALONiCA Chubcii, 
Catawba (bounty, N. C. 

The introductory sermon was deliver- 
ed by Elder J. H. Yaiboro, from the 
29th verse of the 5th chapter of 2nd 

After prayer by Elder R. Poston, tcok 
a recess of an hour for refreshments ; 
after which the Delegates assembled in 
the house, and Elder C. B. Justice led 
in prsyer, before j-roceeding to organize 
the bod^, Elder R. Poston. fo' mer Mod- 
erator, called the body to order and 
BominHtfcd Elders L, M. Berry find G. 
M. Webb as Kerdi g Clerks. A call 
v,a8 then made on the churches for iheir 
rcprtSen:a:ion and statistics, w uioh was 
commuuicaied by letters and minutes 
by the Clerk. 

On motion, the Delegation proceeded 
to ballot for officers, which lesulied ia 
the choice of Elder J. H. Yarboro, IVit.D- 
ERAT..R, and Elder G M. Webb, Clerk. 
The bo ly now being fully organized 
proceeded to business : 

On motidP, the corresfondence f:om 
f-isier A8.suclaticns was received as fol- 
lows, viz : 

E«OAD River.— Elders T. Dickson. 

:. C.Birneit, and brethren T. L, Mul- 
fcnsx find J.L- Lcdford. 

Green Riveh.— Elder C.B. Jasiics 
with a package of Minutes. 

Catawba River, Bethel arid 
Bkov>^n"s (^REicK.— No c Trespondenco. 

Ou motion, invited visiting ministers 
not delegates to seats, and r^ceited Eldei^s 
E. A. Poa and G. C. Rbyne, also Erotb- 
er William Walker. 

Appointed Elders R. Postoo, L. M 
Berry, and Brother J. R. Logan with 
the Moderator and Clork a committee of 

Appointed Brethren R. H- McBrayer, l( 
J. C. Lsttimore, Asa Hambrick with 
Pastor and Deac.yis of this Church a 
committee on '"fleacliirg during the 

On motion, adjourned until to-mor- 
row morning 9 o'clock. Prayer by El- 
der M. C. B^raett. 


Saturday, September 14ih, 1867- 

The Association cjnvened ; prayer by 
Elder S. Dickerson, The roll of Dele- 
gates was called, and a quorum being 
present, proceeded to business. 

On motion, the committee of Ar- 
rangements reported aod was discharged. 

The Clerk read the Articles of Faith 
an! Rules of Decorum. 

The following list of Committees was 
announced by the Moderator, viz : 

l^t. On Finance.— D. D- Sutiles/ J. C 
Lnt'imorc and W. E.. Carroll. 


2nd. On Union Meetinss- — I). Sctzsr 
E, J Lovelace and W- H Gieen. 

3rd. Od Correspondence — A. A. Mc- 
Swain, P. R. Elam and S. A. Wilson. 

4tb. Ca JSabbatii Schools —L. M. 
Berry, Wm. IliiTrill end John Beam. 

5tli. Ofl Poriadie&ls. — K. Boston. R. 
*Po Logan and B. Hamrick. 

6th. On Domestic Miseions. — L. M. 
Berry, A. Blenton and N. Dohbios. 

7tl". On Queries— UP Logan. P. R. 
Elsm and R- Poston, 

8-b. On Re Bisuicting (he Association 
and appointing a place ^f'or holding it's 
nest Session. — D. Seizor, William Wes- 
son «nd E.'D. Hawkms. 

On Eiouon, iLe iol!^)^Ting Brethren 

wercappoiniedto write to sifter ABSOcia- 

tiois. ^ith which wo corregpond, and 

Mcs.^engcrs to bear the lotcerB, viz : 

Broiher J, U. L'>_^&n to write to 

-i3T()iru"ivn'tr . ' Elde; | \v . A. M cSw&in, G. 

M Wfbb, P. R. El; ni,- l\. Poiton and 

BrMthtr J. R. Logan, Messengers. 

Brother W. II. Carroll to write to the 
Green River. Elders G- ^L Webb, J. 
O.Yarburo, G. W, Rollins, .A. A. Mc- 
8vvain and Brother Wiiliim Harrill, iVles- 

EldsrP.R.Elam to wdte to the Ca- 
tavkba River. Eiders R. P.Logan, P. 
R. Fl>m J. II Yarb ro, L. M. Berrv 
and Brother J. R. Log&n, Mef.s^i gcr?. 

Elder A. A. Mc&waio to v»riie to Beth- 
el. P. R, Elaiu, ^ifssengcr. 

Brothei AX-lrviu to^write to Brown's 

Oil motion, suspended the regular or- 
dei ofbusinei^s and beard the report on 
Mis&ions, nhich -R-as lecoived and the 
eonmxitt^o dischartocl, a^id after to:;Rider' 

able diBCussion on tho adoption of the- 
report it was rejected b^ a majorit^y of" 
the body. 

Th^n took a recess of forty-five minu- 
tes, afie? which re-asscmbled in the 

On motoin, called for, read and adopts 
ed the Circular Letter, prepared by El- 
der R, Boston. Then, on motion, the 
ABsociaiion aj p:)inted Elders C B. Jus- 
tice, M. C. Barneti and E. A. Poe to 
preach on ihe Sabbath, in the ordo* of 
their names. Then elected Elder G. M. 
Webb to preach she Ininductory Sermon 
next year, and Eloei R. P. Logan, Al- 

On motion, elected Elder J. H, Yar- 
boro to write a Ciicular Letter for the 
next Session of this body. Sibject : — 

On motion, called for and adopted re^ 
ports of Commitiees. 

l&t. The 6'ommittee on CoirespOn<» 
denca reported. (See letter A.) 

2nd. The Committee on Union Meet'» 
ings reporleJ that tho next Union meet- 
ing be held withDoubU Springs Church, 
eight miles north-west of Shelby, N. C, 
commencing on Friday i^before the 2nd 
Sunday in August next. Which report 
was adopted and Eiders P. R. Elam, R. 
p. L^gan, R. Boston, A. A. McSwain, 
G. M. Webb, J. H- Yarbero and Brother 
W. A- Thompabn wcri tippoiuted to at. 
tend said meeting. 

3rd. The Ccmmirtco on re-Distric- 
ting the Absoci aion, and appointing a 
a place lor holding W& next Session, re- 
ported, (Ste letter B.) 

4th. The (7ommuteo on Periodicals 
reported^ (See letter C) 












<"r;;, ...: 


Ordained Ministers are marked th 
Licensed Preachers thus [f ] 

Sand/ Ran, 


3 S Ezelle, 

W B Lovelace, 

3j*A A. McSwarn, R. H. MrBiaver, ano M. D. 1 



R Piston, 

A J Irvin, 

1 i *R p. Bion, t) Foslon. A. C Irvin, A G. Weath 



J H.Yarboro, 

E C Wil&on, 


J U L62:an, WiHianr. Weston. 

Ponbie Snringi, 

Camp Call, 

J S Ezeil, 

A Green, 


^J H Yarborb D Smtles. A Blanton, and E J L< 

New Bethel, 

(Tardn^-rs Fojd, 

R Po«ton, 

K T Hord, 


*P R Elara W B McCail, and W A Thonapson, ' 

PlPBRant Mill, 

Shelby, , 

T PickPon, 

J A Koterts, 


SA Wilson' 

>1ount Vernon, 

Seagles' Store , 

J. F. Leatherman, 

M F Hull, 


P R, am W Hull, 


Soacles^ Store, 

J P leatherman 

A L Johnson, 


*P A WhiK^.ver, ahd J R Kookslt. 

3'\g Springa, 


G, W Roi nf», 

S C Getty g 


K Price and J C Lal'imore. 


White Plains, 

A A McSwain, 

G Herndonj 


*R \r Logan, P D Patterson and TW Rarnson. 


ra»awba Station, 

L M Berry, 

.1 1 Sandern, 


1) Plfiher. 


Webb'R Pord, 

G M Webb, 

i M Toms, 


*G M Webb fWm -^larrill, and Wm Smart. 


Jacob's Fotd, 

t M Berry, 

J J^HJck^s 


B B»ket aid H Rhodes. ' 



L M Berry, 

J A Pa.ker. 


*L JVJ Berry and J A Parker, 

Bpthpl, rir«d«ll] 


L M Berry, 



D Sei2rr, and T B Lembv. 

Bethel, t Rutherford,] 


J H Varboro, 

ED Hawkins, 


E D Hawkins, and P F Fortune, 

JMownt Sinai, 

I D ^^crlIei?s. 

Not represented. 

Amount Pleasant, 


L C Ezelle, 

D Scrii^g* a:)d D Hararick. 

Heaver Dam. 


L H McSwain. 

J T Harnil, 


Ferry Hannrjck, 


Oak Springs, 

J H Varboro, 

A Harrili, 


John Beam and J S Bridszes. 

Sandv Plains 

Camp Call, 

Wm iVlc'>wain, 

J B Wa'ker, 


J P WalK^r F C Dobbins, und J Philbec. 

High ShoaU, 


G M vvebb, 

J P Kur{,e8?, 


J A Whitaker, A M Robinson acd N Dobbine. 

^lonnt Paran, 

New Hoose, S C 

D Pannell, 

W H Cairoll, 


A E^rls, PSapangh, and W H Carroll. 

Mount Harmony. 

Oak Springs, Wm McSwhIii, | 

A. W. Bii;gerstaffj 

* J Eark and U Velton. 

"tJoiling Spriog«, 


J S h/ielje, j 

Johjn Green. 


W H €c€€fl, J Piaeti aud Agd Huiikitk. 


Sod. On Union M&etincjs. — T). Setzsr 
E, J Luveiace and W- H Greon. 

3r<i. Od Correepondence — A. A. Mc- 
Swaie, P. R. Elam and b. A. Wilson. 
> 4th. Cn iSabbath Seb ' " ^ 
Berry, Wm. Ilairill or.d jc 
5tli. On Pcriodieals. — I? 
P. Logao and B. Hamrick. 
6th. Oo Domestic Mb 
Berry, A. Bianton and N ■ '""'-.■ ■ '• «•' 

1th, On Queries— RP \ 
Elsm and R- Pogton. ! .. ,i:.. 

8:h. On He Districting ( 
and appointiog a place [ic 
nest ScEsioa. — D. Seizer, 
&on t.nd E."D. Hawkms. 
On EJOiioD, iLe loiiov 
i^-erc appoiaiedto write to 
tiois. v.ith which ^o cc 
Messengers to bear the Ic- 
Brother J, R. Lo-er 
'•'ijroiiu'ivh'e'r. Elde;^ .'.\. .. 
M W^bb, P. R. EiMii,- I 
Bfijther J. R. Logan, Mcsf 
Brother W. II, CenoH 
Green Eiver. Elders G. 
O.yarbtro, G. W, Kollir 
8 wain and Brother Willi i 

EldsrP.R.EIam lo w^ 
taftballiver. Eiders R 
R. Flm J. II Yaibro, 
and Brother J. B. Logsn, 
Eider A. A. Mc&waio t* 
el. P. R, ElaKi, xUtsseng 
Brothei A.C.Irviu tov 

On motion, suspended 

del of fcusinei?s and beard, 

Mig&ians, «:<.hich was iccoiYcd and me 

oomnxitt^e discfiar-iod, and after toi;sider 

able discussion on the adoption of the- 
report it. was rejected hy a majority of 
the body. 

Then look a recess of forty- five miiiu- 
tea. afiey which rovassembied in the 


,£l©m^7 i\^:tnf- 

^UltI1i»X«V^>_ _^ 

4tli. 1 liu 
repaitedt (See letter C.) 

5th. The Committee on Finance re- 

ported. (See letter D.) 

On motion, adjourned until Motiday 
morning 9 o'clock. Prayer by Elder T. 
R, E!ara. 

Sunday, September l5lh, ISQI. 
The btand was occupied at 10 o'clock 
by Elder C. B. Jusdce, followed by EK 
der M. C Barnett* After a reccBS of 
one hour the stand was again occupied 
by Elder E. xV. Poe, followed by Elder 
T. Dickson ; the weeilher being pleasant 
and the coDgregation largo and atten- 
tive, the Word of Truth was delivered 
wiih energy and great zeal, and it is 
hoped I hat some permanent good will 
be realized from the labors of the day, 
and may God bless those efforts to the 
good of souls. 

Monday, September ICth, 1867. 

The Associatioh met accordiog to ad^ 
journmont. Prayer by Elder A- A- Mc. 
Swain. Called the roll of Delegates ; 
a quorum being present, absentees were 
excused and ike body proceeded to bus- 

1st. Called for reports of committees, 
when the Committee on Sabbath Schools 
reported. (See letter E.) 

2nd. The Committee on Queries and 
Petitions reported. (Soe letter F-) 

3rd- Called for and read letters of 
Correspondence to sister Associations, 
which were approved, and signed by the 
Moderator and Clerk. 

Brothf-r E, J. Lovelace introduced the 
following resolution which was adopted; 

Resolved, That we believe singing to 
be an important pnrt of public worship, 

and for the sake of convenience, as well 
as uniformity in our churches, we reeom" 
mend the use of the "Baptist Psalmody" 
as an excellent collection of 11} mna f^T 
public and social use. 

Upon the subject of Missions Elder 
R. PootOQ introduced the loUowing pre- 
amble and resolution, viz : 

Whereas, the work of Missions has 
been suspended for a time, owing to the 
desolated condition of our country, 

Resolved, Tha^ Ave advise our church- 
es, composing this Association, to take 
this supjeot into censideration, and send 
up their free-will offerings for that pur- 
pose to the next Session ot this body. 

On motion, Resolved, That the Clerk 
have as many copiea of Minutes printed 
as the money on hand will pay fur, after 
retaining ten dollars for his services, in 
superintending the printing of the Min- 
utes aud diitributliig > :hem among the 

Voted a resolution of thanks to the 
Brethren and friends in the vicinity cf 
The alonica Church, for their hospitality 
in entertaining the Association during 
its session. 

The next Session of this body will con- 
vene with the church at Mount Paran, 
twelve miles south. cast of Shelby, N. 
C, (near Whitaker's Mountain,) on Fii» 
day before the 3rd Sunday in September, 


After the Journal of proceedings was 
read and approved by the body, a hymn 
was eung, and the right hand of fellow^ 
ship taken. Elder E. A Pooled in prayer, 
the Ass-)ciation adjourned. 

.TAMES H. YAEBORO, Moderator. 
G. M. Webbj Clerk. 



Il4}i>ost Of the CofiJimitfee ©siS' €or- 

Your commiitue submit tko following 
report, vis:— la as 'much as we have 
received no l:tter& by tke hands of mes- 
sengerSj we Lave notbing upjn which lo 
base 'a report. We, therefore, recora- 
mend ihi As ocntion to coniinue to eor- 
rebpotd wiih tl;G Assoeiations with which 
she lorintMlj? corrsspcnded, Hcsusrving 
corresponden'-e with Gate* wba l^iver A.- 
Hocifttion We iuriher recommend, that 
Messengers appointed by ti is body ba 
faiihful in attendance, believing that a 
faiihful coiregspondejioe will be attended 
with greti good. Respectfully 

A, A. McSwAix^, Chairman, 

B * 

Kcport olf the Conamittee oa He- 

5>istri€ting tlie Association, assd 

Appoiiiiin^ a Place ior its next 


Your comniittee submit the following 
report : — All the ciiurchcs East of the 
Morganton or Post Kcjid, thail con]2:)oso 
the 1st Disliict. 

All the chuiches West of said road 
aLd Eabt oi First Bread shall compose 
the2Qd Pisdiist, 

Ail the ehun^hes West of said river 
and East of Sandy Run Creek, shall 
compose ihe 3rd District. 

All the cfeUiches We>t of said Creek 
shall compose the 4th .Disirict, 

Your committee also recommend that 
the next session ot thifi body bo held 
with the church at Mount Paran, 12 
miles 60ur.h=ea8t of Shelby, N. C., (near 
Whitaker's Mountain.) at the usual lime. 
D. Setzer, Chairman. 


Bepet't ©IS Periodicals.. 
Y'our commit ee oo Periodicals sub- 
mit the following;— The ^^Bbiical Re- 
corder," printed ftt Raleigh, N. C., is a 

mo. I excellent dcnomia:itional paper, 

and mwits the patronage of every Bap 
tiat in the State. 

R, P03T*N, Chairman. 


Report on Finance^ 

Your committee on Finance report,, 
the amount sent up from the churches for 
printing Minutes is $9,35 in specie and 
135,00 in currency. Submitted. 

B' D kiUTiLEs, Chairman, 

Report on Salbfoatk §cliools. 

Your ccmmittee on Sabbath Schools, 
do hereby ref.^ort that instead of doub- 
ling our zeal and energies, relntive to 
Sabbath Schools, we have to deplore the 
gad declination of that importaat institu- 
tion- and we would urge upon our church- 
es the speedy orga'^zaiion of a , Sab bath 
School in every church belonging to ihis 
Association, as we considei it one of the 
gteat means to check vice and immorali- 
ty a4iior)g the ri-iag generatian; and to 
dissemminate religious knowledge anr^&og 
the children of cur Association. Stib- 

William Harpjll, Chairman. 

Report of Ctf^isianittee on Qiaeries,. 

Your committee on Queries &ubmii 
the fo'h'vv'iug as their repori ; 

QuEKY — Whaiii the proper couae 
to be pursued by the Ciurenes compo- 
sing the Kin!j;'s Mountain Association 
now in Union, iareferenoe to certain ex^ 
eluded members irregularly {eeeived of" 
each division of the Association, without 
ioUers of dismission. 

Answer — We advise such churches 
to rescind their acts in the reception ttf 
su'ih members; also, we acl\=iscch'!rche3 
which have excluded members upon dif- 
ference of opinion and not for ac s o^ im- 
m'irality to rescind suck ac sof csclusioD.. 
Respectfullv submitted, 

K. r LooA.\, Chairman. 


The King's Mountain Bap- 
tist Association.— To tlie 
Churclies in Union,sendetli 
Cliristian salutation i 

I>BjSRLY Beloved Brethren ; 

In compliance to an act of tLe last 
years Council, we address you a short 
Circular upon the^subject of Temperance. 
In wtiliag ^pon a S'jibject that has em- 
iployed, boili the talent and the pen, of 
so many wise and good men, we are at a, 
wonplus, not knowing how to present it 
in any new light, or add new interests, 
!^)ut perhaps we can stir up j^our pure 
minds, by way of rememberance. Tem- 
petance, m a scriptural sense, ia a prin- 
ciple that acts upon the passions, and so 
-controls them as to keep them in sub- 
jection to the laws of moderation and 
iprvidftftce, and by which we are enabi-ed 
to abstain from all things pernicious, and 
to US3 i-Q moderaiion, all things lav/fu! 
and expedient; in doing of which, it 
acts in such a closo connection wiih the 
other christiafi graces that the apostle 
Peter wouid have those who had escaped 
the cor.uptionj that ia in the world, 
through lusts, to add it, (in common with 
!ihc other graces,) to their faith, when 
l)o says, ^'And beside this, giving all dili^ 
gcnce, add to j^our faith virtue, j\nd to 
temperance patience, and to patience 
godliness, and to godliness brotherly 
kindness, and to brotherly kindness 
charity," these all being so dependant, 
one upon the other, that no one of them 
can have its perfect work without the 
others, and as faith sweetly works by 
1 ovo, and purifies the heart, so temper^ 
ance gently works by moderation, and 

prudence, and governs the passions, tnl 
as faith operated up«n the mind ir* ren- 
svating our natures, so f--in]j<i,:^.--c<' ' -■ 
upon t^o pa-si. ns in regylafciDg our - 
lions. The obser^an^e of leni; c-r;a;.ce 
is Ono cf the worki O' T.hich J nun 
speaks when he f«,vs, '*Show uje ■ ■ f 
faith without thy works and I v/v^ i^b :;-v 
the my faith by my works/' ag.nin '■.;; 
the body without the spirit is dead, b 
faith without woik^ is dsad," als \ whie 
it is the business of faith to contxoi the; 
outward man, and w« are not to be j;idg 
ed according our f;iith, but according to 
our works, therefore, it is by works thst 
faith is made perfect. Temperanc?: is 
both a principle and a virtue for while 
Peter speaks of it as a principle, Paul 
speaks of it as a vir!ue, and as one of 
the fruits of the spirit, for he, afrer J)oint- 
ing out to tb';; brethren at Galatiii, the 
manifest works of the flesb, such as em- 
ulations, sfrife, h-itred; murders, drank- 
ennei's and such lik© deeds of unbridled 
sensual indulgencies, adag. that they, 
that do such fhingSj shall not inherit the=, 
kingdom oi heaven, but the fruits of the 
spirit is lave, jov, peace- long-suffering, 
gentlenes?, goodnesa, kith meekness, 
temperance, aud says, against such holy 
disposi'ions there is no law; hence as a 
principle, it J»cts upon tho passions, and 
produces moderation and prudence. As 
a virtue^ it is the effect, of an action made 
upon the passions by moderation and 
prudence, and is tantamount to sooiety. 
Having thus in a few wurds defenfled this 
comDlex term, we would say, we isbould 
rot have such contracted views of tem- 
perance as to thmk it respect the appetite 
only; we are striving for th3 irpsteiy 


Qvei all our genstial propensities, and 
tbey may obtain an incorruptible crown. 
r Tfmperar.ce whs honcred by the exam- 
ple of our Savior who, also, taugat ii by 
precspr, and after speakicg of the last 
day. and of the final dissoluiion of all 
things, says : — ''Take heed to yourselves, 
hsi at any tfme your fcear<s be cver- 
(•lisrc^fd with purfeiiinjs: ard drunkenness, 
ati'd cares of 1! is life, and so that day 
e-ome ti on y®u uno.waies/' 5*-g»in, he re- 
proves the Pharisees for their intemper- 
ance ?nd hypocracy and said, *'Woe mu 
to you, Scribes and "Pharis^eeSjhypocrites, 
lor ye pay (ithes of mint, and anise, and 
cum mi D, and have omitted the weightier 
matters of law, judgment, mercy an«d 
. faiih, these ought ye to have done, and 
%. not to leave the other undone; ye blind 
fs. guldftF, whirh strain at a gnat aud swal- 
Jr Jow a camel, ye make clean the outside 
'"^ af the cup and platter, but within they 
i\;o 4ull of extortion and cjcccss." The 
apostle Paul would recommend jhls prin- 
eipal to Titus, when he said ; *'But 
speak thou the things that become sound 
doctiioe, that the aged men be sober, 
grave, temp-Tate ; likewise, exhort the 
young men to be sober minded, for the 
grace of G«d that bringeth salvation, 
"h%th appeared to all men, teaching us 
that denying: ungodly and worlily lusts 
we should live soberly, righteously, and 
and godly, in this present world." The 
apostle Peter insists upon the practice 
of this virtue, saying for the time past 

of our llfemaj suffice us to have wrouglit 
the will of the Gentiles, when we walk* 
ed in laciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, 
revelliogs, banqutodogs, and abominable 
idolatries ; and again, he says, "Dearly 
beloved, I beseech you as strangers and 
pilgrims, a'^stain from fleshly lusts, 
which wai against the soul.'' Wo are 
also admonished, in the exercise of pru- 
dence, to abstain from all appearance of 
evil, and (o let our moderation be known 
unto all men. Many other scriptures 
might be adduced to sustain this princi- 
ple, but we deem it unnecessary, and 
would now urge the necessity of the ob- 
servance of ihis principle upon aU men, 
and especially the young, as a safeguard 
against the baneful influences of lurbn 
lent passions, it is both the ornament 
and the defence of the christian, and is 
re<juisite in every situation and in every 
enterprise, and upon all oc asions;with. 
out it, we are exposed to all the mercy - 
less waves of intemperance, without an 
anchor. [Let us, therefore, '^u!C this 
world as not abusing it," showing a'l 
good fidelity, that we may adorn the 
doctrire rf God, cur saviour, in all things, 
looking for that blessed hope, and the 
glorious appearing of the grea^ God and 
and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Brerh r- 
en, we commend you to God. and to the 
word of his grace, who is able to build 
you up and give you an inheritance with 
them that are sanctified. 






Friday before the Sd Lord's Day in Sept. A. D. 1868 



Vmdicator Office, Blither fordton, N. C. 


FRIDAY, September 18th, 1868. 

The Association convened according to appointment. — 
The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder G. M. Webb, 
from Leviticus, 16th Chapter and 34th verse. After prayer 
by Elder J. H. Yarboro, took a recess of one hour for Refresh- 
ment, after which the delegates again assembled. After 
prayer by Elder R. P. Logan, Elder J. H. Yarboro, former 
Moderator, called the body to order, and appointed Elder 
A. A. McSwain, and Brother J. A. Roberts as Reading- 

A call was then made on the churches for' their represen- 
tation and statistics, v>'hich were communicated by letter, and 
minuted by the clerk. 

On motion, a call was then made for newly constituted 
churches, to join our body ; none presented. 

On motion. Elder J. H. Yarboro was elected ^Moderator, 
and Elder Gr. M. Webb,Secretary. The body now being ful- 
ly organized, proceeded to business. 

Messengers from corresponding bodies were then called 
for. Elders M. C. Barnett, T. Dickson, L. C. Ezell, and' 
Brethren R. E. Porter, J. Moore, J. R. Logan, and R. Whis- 
nant^ presented themselves and were received froni Broad 
River. From the Green River Association, Elder W. Haines 
refceived with a letter. From the Catawba River Association, 
Elders E. A. Poe, J. Broome and J. C. Rhine. No correspon- 
dence was presented from the Brown's Creek and Bethel As- 

On motion, agreed to suspend correspondence with the 
Brown's Creek and Bethel Associations for the present. 

An invitation was then extended to visiting Ministers, 
when Elders J. S. Ezell, E. Allison, and J. J. Jones, and 
:prethren Wm. Walker, M. T. Walker, and J. H. Mills, Edi- 
tor of the Biblical Recorder, came forward and took seats 
with us. ' 

Elders R, Poston, R P Logan, and Brother D. Setzef, with 
the Moderator and Clerk, were appointed a committee to ar- 
range business for the consideration of the body. 

Brethren J. A. Roberts, W. B. Stroud, and ^Johii Beam, 
with the Pastor and Deacons of this church, were appointed, 
a committee to arrange pr eacliing during the session "of this 
body. On motion, adjourned until to-moiTow jnorning 10 o'- 
clock. Prayer by Elder W. Haines. 


Saturday, Sept. 19th. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by J Elder L, C. 
Bzell. The clerk called the roll and marked at>sentees ; a 
quormn being present proceeded to business. 

The committee of arrangement reported; report received 
and the committee discharged. 

The rules of decorum and abstract of principles were read. 

The Moderator then appointed the following committees : 

Oil Finance. — J. Beam, R. H. McBrayer, andB. E. Harrill. 

O71 Union Meetings. — E. Poston, W. A. Thompson, and 
P. Sepock. 

On Sabbath Schools. -^ J . A. Roberts, W. H. Green, and B. 

On Pefiodicats. — 6r. W.Rollins,- D. Scruggs, R. P. Logan. 

On Missions. — J. J. Hicks, J. C. Lattimore, and D. Setzer, 

On Petitions and Queries. — D. D. Suttles, J. Whitaker, and 
B, Walker. 

On motion^ the rules of order were suspended for the pur- 
pose of considering the propriety of changing the time of the 
meeting of this body, which, after considerable discussion, 
was changed to Friday before the ith Sabbath in September. 

Elder A. A. McSwain v/as appointed to write a letter of 
correspondence to Broad River Association, and Elders R. 
P. Logan, A. A. McSwain, R. Poston, and G. M. Webb, and 
Brethren M. Grold, and B. B. Harris, as messengers. 

Eld Gr. W. Rollins to write to the Green River Association, 
and Elders G. W. Rollins, A. A. McSwain, G. M. Webb, L. 
H. McSwain, R. P. Logan, and J. H. Yarboro, and Brethren 
William Harrill, M. Gold, and N. Scoggin, as messengers.^^ 

Eld. P. R. Elam to write to the Catawba River Association, 
J. J. Hicks, messenger. 

The body then called for the Circular Letter prepared by 
Elder J. H. Yarboro, which was read and adopted ; after 
which the body adjourned for one hour. 

Afternoon Session.— The Association prodeeded to ap- 
point Elders J. S. Ezell, E. A. Poe, and M. C. Barnett, to 
occupy the stand on the Sabbath, in the order of their namei^ 

On motion, Elder G. W. Rollins was elected to preach the 
next Introductory Sermon to this body. J. H. Yarboro, al- 
ternate. Elder G. M. Webb was chosen to write the next 
Circular Letter, and select his own subject. 

The Moderator then called for the reports of committees. 
The committee on Union meetings reported, that the next 
Union meeting beheld with the chm'ch at High Shoals, com- 
mencing on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in July next. — 
LMirs 11. Poston, G. M. Webb, R. P. Logan, J. H. Yarboro. 


I . H. McSwain, and G-. W. Uollins were appointed to attend 
said meeting. 

The Association then set apart the 29th day of October 
next as a day cf Humiliation, Thanksgiving, and Prayer, in 
conjunction with Broad River and other Associations. 

The committee on Periodicals reported, see Appendix A. 

The committee on Finance reported, see appendix B. 

The Association, by motion, then adjourned until ^Monday 
morning, 9 o'clock ; prayer by Elder L. H. McSwain. 

Sunday, September 20th. 
The stand was occupied, first, by Elder J. S, Ezell, fol- 
ed by E. A. Poe, after which a recess of one hour was given, 
when Elder M. C.Barnett preached, and Elder E. Allisoa 
closed the services of the day. The word of truth was faith- 
fully and impressively delivered to a large and well ordered 
assembly, and we are encom-aged to hope that great and 
lasting good will result from the services of that day. 

Monday, September 21st. 

At 9 o'clock, the Association met, prayer by Elder A. A. 
McSwain. The roll was called and a quorum being present 
proceeded to business. 

First continued the call for reports of committees, when 
the committee on Sabbath Schools reported, appendix C. 

The committee on Missions reported, appendix I). 

The committee on Petitions reported, see appendix E. 

The letters to corresponding bodies were then called for, 
and were read and approved, and signed by the Moderator 
and Clerk. 


Resolved, That the Clerk have as many copies of the Min- 
utes printed, as the funds on hand will pay for, after retain- 
ing Ten Dollars for his services, in superintending the printing 
and distributing them to the churches. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are hereby ten 
dered to the brethren and friends, residing near Mount Pa,- 
ran Church, for their kindness and hospitality toward this 
body during its session. 

Resolved, That the Association now having gone toough 
with its business stands adjourned, to meet again at the 
church at Double Springs, eight miles north-west of Shelby, 
Cleaveland county, N. C., on Friday before the 4:th Sabbath 
in September 1869. 

Prayer by Elder Q. W. Rollins. 

J. H. YARBORO, Moderator. 
G, M. Webb. Clerk, 


A. — Your committee on Periodicals submit the following 
report. We earnestly recommend the Biblical Recorder, 
published in Ealeigh by Brother Mills, believing it to be 
worthy the patronage of every batpist family in the State. 
HespectfuUy submitted, 

G. W. Rollins, Chairman. 

B.— Your committee on Finance report $oG,40, in curren- 
cy, and 79 cents in specie, sent up from the different church- 
es for printing minutes, as shown in the statistical table. 
Submitted, John Beam, Chairman. 

C. — Your committee on Sabbath Schools submit the fol- 
lowing report. This subject having been so often urged up- 
on our churches, that we feel at a loss to know how to pre- 
sent it, so that the energies of our brethren may be aroused 
upon this subject, but in view of the great importance of such 
an institution we do most earnestly request our several church- 
es to organise schools as soon as possible, and report to this 
body at its .next session. Respectfully submitted, 

J. A. Roberts, Chairman. 

T)» — Your committee on Missions submit the following 
report: While we feel desirous to see the missionary work 
prosper and advance, we deplore the sad declension in this 
great work that has occured in our midst of late years. — 
The depressed circumstances which surround us, especially 
in pecuniary matters, render us unable to carry on this great 
work as we once did, but we feel very desirous to see this im- 
portant work revived again. It is by no means for want of 
good feeling and profound sympathy for the missionary work 
that it has declined in our midst. Submitted, 

J. J. Hicks, Chainnan. 

JE.^-Your committee on Queries and Petitions recommend 
rthat the Association meet with the church at Double Springs 
Bjniles North-west of Shelby, Cleaveland county, N. C. 
Submitted, J. B. Walker, Chairman. 


^t^^^^l^:^'^~^^^ ASSOCIATXOX TO THE 

v-H URCHINS n\ Union, sendeth Greeting • 
Dear Brethren:,— Ace m'(]]r,ty f^ ^ 

l>ody at its last sessio„.Tt mv TrT'"\ '^ y<""- 
.-a few ,.l„es upon the g..eraS .^po^'ttt s'u%r^?Si:° 

peals to the exa^ple'srfttr ng^. anTdmhof '^ "'"''"• / 
Lord. It was therefore tliP In Jf , ' ""■■ ascended 

Ins disciples to go "teach ITi naHnn '?''''".'^ ^^ ""' ^^^'">' to 
name of the Father and of hT4 ' ^TT"- "'^"' '" the 
In order to obey this InlvVn- ?"■ ''"' "^^^^ ^"'y Ghost." 
which should be^separibl?a",^n-''^i''''?"'i ""'' '*"•«« things 
God. First; huSHnLr X^/"''.*!'^ ^""^'^ «f 
Welf^and because oidiennnto^dlTev^e'^^r S':^ 

to himself a peculiar p^o^le-AndTb''^'?''!', ^'"lP""fy en- 
quired, because Christ "thn„.,l,K"''.''''^''^''ty ^^ re- 
takes he became poor that wftl. 7\l'^h, yet for our 
be rich. ^ • *''^' "^^ "^oegh J"? poverty might 


ter of the Lord Jesus Christ W» ^^ missionary charac- 
He came to save the lost W. ''' '"''''^'' ^ ""^sionary ; 

were under condemnation'- nf f "'^^'""^"-y to us. AVe 

law was.against u" thrflam'„y:tnro;Di''-'*''^ "^'"^""^ 
was against us. To save the lost ^i ""^ vengeance 
Christ. The apostles imhih!^.?-' ''^: '"^^ the spirit of 
?pirit of mission^ The heathen L'P'"*,' ''""' '^'' ^' the 
if we possess the spirifof Chr Lt T -f. f '=''"^"tion-and 
to save them. The spirit of f^J • "'" ''° ^^'^''t we can 
ferentfrom, or sometK sup" Sded To Tv! T^*>'"^ """- 
but is simply, essentiallv w u ■' *''*' <=l"-'stian spirit, 

the condescension of the SavtrTnd "^^ ""'''""'• ^^'""'l 

ty towards the destitute and X; i" T l*^'"'" '' l<^«««n of ''"- 

The son ofGod beforrtf ^ 1'"' "^ ^^^ '^"■"''" -^ce. 

thousands of thouianlfto^^aj: the" ^^^^"V''"^^ ''^ 
prosti ate, themselves; this Infinit* 


• 1- „if ,^f1^U <rlorv aiid covues clowii to toil, 
^::^Z Kl^fv^Ff u^: ~ of the dust, insects 
'th"rmay be crushed teforc the ^.l•ath. 

When the ™iUio.s and h^vncU-eds of ;™m- f ^^ ^ 
come .p before ouvunagmauon.^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^.^^^ 

m untold vileness, <=o^<;\'='^,'." ,1„„ „f „„ ptUse, twenty md- 
e.fter another as fast as t^^.';^^;^?jf J^Ii not our Savior's 

lions a year, '"'<> ^^^ J.f "^^^^,^,1 "ot; force upon us? We, 
last command bear, %\ith ii^'e^'"'"^ "^ , go,, 'as the means 
brethren, should regara o^^Vf '^-^Ve t^ve idol Gods without 

of saving them from P^^^T^v centuries thick to rend, a 
number to destroy a vedrf forty centu^^^^^ ^ ^ ^ 

hoiTible darkness to dispel, ^l^^ '^ ^;^,^",trength, to reform 

of pollution to P-fy. -^--:;,;<J,?.es alpirft of liberalty. 

andregenerate; outtodotmsi 1 ^o^t^bute of our 

and such liberality as will '™f ,■; "j j„,tit^ite localities so 

means, so as to send the gosp Uo al ^^es^^;^^,^^ ^^ .^p,,. 

far as we may be.a«le- ^« ^ms^ ^ ^.^ stewards, to save 

priated by a milhon and a halt ot w ambition 

Ld elevate a sinkmg world ^^^ Pf ^/ ,„iiiioni Navies 

convenience and P" Jj ^.f^^Xadl and canals have 

and armies have then ^'^''^f , j^^^g their millions ; ex- 

their millions ; col eges and -"b ta ^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^.^ ^^^^^^ 

cessive fondness ot the aumci ^ licentiousness 

have their millions ; Pa^^e of Pl;'a^or^ \ ^^^ ^^.^^^^^^ 

S-Chnrches, that my tongue refuses to uttei 

Honey, tlrough gr-eatly -^'^^.^^^-r^reraLl^^^^^ 
required of God's people .bodies an ^^^^^ ,„bstan- 

bone and sinews of men are lequirea ^^^.^^^ 

tial things are needed, as ^^-^IJ^f J^f/'i^bor abroad. The 
at home, and still ™0!%,^"'t„; Xnoels ; it is the thrill 
pleasure of doing good is tne joy ot an„e ^^ ^^^^ 

^f delight ^vhich pervades Ae soul of J^su^^^^ ^^^^,^. _ 

try to obey his last conimantt. |u ^ ^ by the 

LLs has been left to Pensli ; and b ^-^.^^^ ^ Not 
Father of mercies; HegaveHis^ y ^.^ ^^^^^ „„ 

by the Savior of smneis '^e.™'^', , ":„flnences have always 
Cllvary; "ot by the Holy spu , "^ i^^^^^^^^^^ „g^,, yet 

been ready ; not by the angels the .v . ^^ ^ 

become wea,ry or t"-esome, when suit o^ consistently with 
All- that Heaven could '\o h^f "^^n ?« , ^^^^„^ y 

the all-wise aiTangement of coramittmg ^ 
to the church of Jesur', 


The church has been slothful and negligent. Each gener- 
ation of christians has in turn received the vast responsibility, 
neglected it in a great measure, and transmitted it to the 
next. Is it true that the heathen world is sinkifig into hell ? 
As fast as time rolls on they are passing into the world of 
retribution, and the inquiry is what is the doom they meet? 
Do they arise to unite with angels in the songs of glory ? or 
do they sink in ceaseless and untold torments ? 

Certain it is that they are not saved through faith in Christ ; 
for "how shall they believe in him of whom they have not 
heard ?" It is also clear that God, in his usual method, does 
not bestow the gift of repentance and eternal life, where a 
Savior is not known. "It pleased Grod by the foolishness of 
preaching to save them that believe." Those who are saved 
are said to be "begotten by the word of truth, — born of the 
word of God." As the heathen nations, therefore, are not 
furnished with the means of salvation, it follows that as a 
mass, at least, they are lost. They are the nations that have 
forgotten God, and shall be turned into hell. 

It is unnecessary for us to enter into any inquiry whether 
it is possible for the heathen, unacquainted with the gospel, 
to be saved. All that concerns us is, to know that God has 
ordained the preaching of the gospel as the means of saving 
the nations. It is not reasonable, therefore, to suppose that 
God will transplant the vine of Sodom^ unchanged in its na- 
ture, to over-run his Paradise above. He will not throw open 
the gates of his Holy City, and expose its peaceful inhabi- 
tants to those hearts of cruelty, and to those whose hands 
are red with blood. There is, then, no hope of converting 
the heathen, if christian nations do not send them the pre- 
cious gospel, but this mass of corruption and pollution must 
disgorge itself into the pit of an awful helL 

And shall the churches of our own land, with all their pe- 
culiar advantages to send the gospel into all parts of the 
world, lie dormant and neutral while a sinking world is cry- 
ing for help ? But Oh ! how astonishing it is, to see, what a 
small amount of what we claim in this life, is appropriated to 
the evangelization of the world. It would be, perhaps, a 
large estimate to say that the professed christians of the Uni- 
ted States give twenty cents per annum, on an average, for 
the spread of the gospel of Jesus. There is indeed a deplora- 
ble deficiency in our chm-ch, of the deep devotion, and mis- 
sionary spirit of our ascended Lord. 

Money is not wanting when lucrative gain is the end in 
view. Professed christians can collect together large sums 
of money, when some great enterprise promises a good in- 
come. What is it, that the American christians could not 
accomplish for Christ if their hearts and feelings were us 


much enlisted in his cause,- as they afe in the' accumulation of^ 
worldly gain? l?he world would soon' have the gospd 
preached' in all its benighted regions, and the" wheels of 
Zion would roll on conquoring and to conquor. It is certain- 
ly the duty of the churches and ministry, to put forth more 
strenuous efforts to build up and sustain^ the gospel in all 
dx3stitute regions. We know this to be so from the injunc- 
tion of our Savior to the primitive christians. Was not Je- 
rusalem an important place ? far more important, compared 
with other cities of that time, than any city in the United" 
States? And yet all the apostles, except one, were required 
not only to leave that city, but to^ gcr beyond the limits of 
Palestine. Antioch was an impottarit place, yet Paul and^ 
Barnabas were not suffered to remain in that city. Thus 
in the early ages of the gospel dispensation the gospel was^ 
cal*ried into destitute* regions by missionaries ; and, as much 
as some persons may oppose missionary operations, we from 
the scriptures, regard it as an apostolic and scriptural 
work. And, brethren, it is a difficult, important, and respon- 
sible work. The Holy Spirit thought so in apostolic times ; 
l)eause, when a man was needed to preach to Cornelius and 
his household, a man of just such ability and influence as 
Peter, was sent. And when the' gospel was to be preached 
in Antioch, Barnabas, a man of gteat piety and influence 
was sent. And when two preachers were called' to' g^o the 
heathen, we see that Simeon, Lucius or Manean were not 
chosen ; but the Holy Ghost said "Separate me Barnabus 
and Saul," men of the greatest ability, experience, piety 
and wisdom. And thus i^ seems that the woi'k of a mis- 
sionary requii^es greater talents, more mature WisdomV £tnd 
deeper piety, than pastoral charges in the largest and most 
influential churches. And, brethren, this idea seems to ac- 
cord perfectly with the instructions of the Holy Grhost, as 
well as with the dictates of common sense. Weak men were 
not chosen in the apoStoli'C age' t& pehetrate into the very 
midst of the enemy, and to grapple with the enemies of 
Christ ; but the strDng, th.6 powerful and influential, were 
selected to bear the gospel into the enemy's land. And, 
surely, if talent, ability, and influence, are needed anywhere 
in all the kingdom of our blessed Redeemer, it is needed 
in the great and important work of missions. 

Let us then, Brethren, try to discharge' our cfuty, so far 
as we cauy in this great work, both foreign and domestic. 
So as that the recording angel fshall not be compelled, 
with aching heart and streaming eyes, to inscribe Icu abod 
on our Zion ; but with willing soul and ready hands, shaH 
write in fairer lines, "Beautiful for Situation the 
Jqy of the whole Earth !" 

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September 34zth, 1869- 





Friday, September 24th, 1869. 

The Association convened according to appointment. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder G. W. Rollins, from 
John 9 : 4. Prayer by Elder G. M. Webb. 

An intermission of one hour was given ; after which the Delegates 
assembled in the house. 

Prayer by Elder W. T. Walters. 

Appointed J. A. Roberts and E. T. Hood, Reading Clerks. 

A call was then made on the Churches for their representation and 
statistics, which were communicated by letter, and minuted by the Clerk. 

On motion, a call was made for newly constituted Churches to join 
our body. None presented. 

Then elected Elder G. W. Rollins, Moderator, and Elder G. M. Webb, 

The body now being organized, proceeded to business. 

1st. Messengers from corresponding bodies were called fpr. 

Received from the Broad River a letter; Elders M. C. Barnett, L. C 
Ezell, T. H. Mulenaxj T. Dickson, and J Brother J. R. Moss Messengers. 

From the Green River, Elder L. McCurry, and Brethren T. Lovelace, 
R. O. Ledbetter and B. T. Lattimore. 

From the Catav/ba River, no correspondence. .^^ 

On motion, invited visiting Ministers, when Professor "^^^^ Walters 
accepted the invitation. 

Elders L. H. McSwain, J. H. Yarboro, R. T. Hood, with the Moderator 
and Clerk, were appointed a Committee to arrange business for the con- 
sideration of the body. 

Brethren B. B. Harriss, J. 0. Lattimore, S. H. Elliott, with the Pastor 
and Deacons, were appointed a Committee to arrange preaching during 
the session of the Association. 

On i^otiouj adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock. 

Saturday Morning, 9 o'clpck. 
Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder D. Pannel. 
Called the roll, and marked absentees. 
Read the Proceedings of yesterday. Approved. 
The Committee of Arrangement reported. Report received and Com- 
mittee discharged. 

Read Rules of Decorum and Abstract of Principles. 

The Moderator appointed the following Committees : 

Qn Finance — D. D. Suttle, J. P. Green and N. Dobbins. 

On Union Meetings — J. J, Hicks, D. Setzer and J. Parker, 

On Sablath Schools— 'P, R. Elam, Wm. Harrill and T. D. Scruggs. 

On Periodicals — J. A. Roberts, A. Hamrick and 0. Clark. 

On Missions — J. H. Yarboro, D. Pannel and J. J, Hicks, 

On Temperance — K. Posten, J. C. Latimore and L. II. McSwain. 
On OUtmries — A. McSwain, E. J. Lovelace and Wm. McSwain. 

The petition from High Shoals Church, asking the Association to sit 
with her next year was, on motion, granted. 

The following query was then, on motion read, to-wit : "What should 
be done with a member who refuses to pay his honest debts, at the same 
time he has the means to pay them? After considerable discussion on 
the subject, the query was, on motion, laid on the taHe. 

Appointed persons to write to sister Associations, and Messengers to 
bear them. 

G. M. Webb to write to the Green River — Elder J. H. Yarboro, G. M. 
Webb, G. W. Rollins and William Harrill messengers. 

J. H. Yarboro to the Broad River— Elders G. M. Webb, J. H. Yarboro, 
A. A. McSwain, R. P. Logan, R. Poston, D. Pannel, ann Brethren E. J. 
Lovelace, J. A. Roberts, messengers. 

Elder P R. write to Catawba River— J. J. Hicks, C.€lark, ©. 
Setzer and J. J. Signian, messengers. 

On motion, opened a correspondence with the York Association. Ap- 
pointed P. R. Elam to write — A. A. McSwain and P. R. Elam, messengers. 

On motion, adjourned for one hour. 

Met according to adjournment. 

1st. On motion, suspended the rules for the purpose of hearing Prof. 
Walters, in behalf of the Beneficiaries of Wake Forest College. After 
which, a collection was taken up for their benefit, amounting to $57 35. 

2d. Called for, read and adopted the Circular Letter, prepared by 
Elder G. M. Webb. 

3d. On motion, suspended the practice of writing Ch'cular Letters. 

4th. Elected R. P. Logan to preach the next Litroductory Sermon ; 
D. Pannel, Alternate. 

5th. Elected Elders AY. T. Walters, L. McOurry and M. 0. Barnett to 
preach on Sabbath, in the order of their names. M. 0. Barnett being 
unwell, Elder T. Campbell agreed to preach in his place. 

On motion, adjourned until Monday morning, 9 o'clock. 

Prayer by T. J. Campbell. 

Sunday the stand was occupied by those appointed. 

The word of Truth was fearfully and impressively delivered to a large 
and well ordered assem.bly, and we hope much good will result from the 
services of the day. 

Monday Morning, 9 o'clocke 

The Association met. Prayer by Elder L. H. McSwain. 

1st. called the roll and marked absentees. 

2d. Read proceedings of Saturday, which were approved. 

3d. Called for Reports of Committees, when the Committee on Finance 
reported. See Appendix A. The Committee on Union Meetings re- 
ported that the next Union meeting be held with the Church at Thessa- 
lonica, commencing on Friday before the third Sunday in August, 1870. 
Appointed Elders R. P. Logan, G. W. RoUinp, G. M. AYebb and A. A. 
McSwain to attend said meeting. The Committee on Sabbath Schools 
reported. See Appendix B. The Committee on Periodicals reported, 
^ee Appendix C. The Committee on Missions reported. 

After speeches from Prof. Walters and others in behalf of State Mis- 
sions, a collection was made for the same, amounting to $7 50, which 
amount was handed over to Prof. W. T. Walters. See Appendix E. 
The Committee on Temperance reported. See Appendix D. The Com- 
mittee on Obituaries reported. See Appendix G, 

The letters to corresponding bodies were called for, read, approved 
and signed by the Moderator and Clerk. 

Brother J. J. Hicks brought to the notice of the body that there was 
a certain ariSount of money willed to the Baptist Denomination by A. 
Mull, for the purpose of building a Baptist Church on a certain piece of 
land in Catawba County, N.-C, in the bounds of this Association ; where- 
upon, the Association appointed J. J. Hicks, IX Setzer, J. J. Sigman and 
C. Clark a Committee to attend to this matter,^ and confer with a Com- 
mittee from the Catawba Association, and that they are instructed to 
transfer all the claims of this Association to the Executive Board of the 
State Convention, for the purpose of procuring the donation made, and to 
carry out the purpose of the Will. On motion, appointed Elders J. H.- 
tatboro, G. Mv Webb, P. R Elam, L. C. Ezell, A. A. McSwain, smd 
Brother J. J. Hicks Delegates to the next State Convention^ 


Jftesolvedy That the Clerk have as many copies of the Minutes pi^inted as- 
fhe funds on haii^ will pay for, after retaining $10 for his services. 

Hesolvedj That the thanks of this body are hereby tendered to the 
brethren and friends residing in the neighborhood of Double Springs 
Church, for their hospitality in entertaining this body during its session. 

Resolved^ That the Association having gone through with its businesSr 
stands adjourned, to meet again at the Church at High Shoals, 13 miles 
south-east of Rutherford ton, N. C, on Friday before the 4th Sabbath ii* 
September, 1870. 

Prayer by Elder M. C. Barneti. 
G. M. WEBBi Clerk. 

G. W. EOLLINS, Moderator, 


A. — Your Committee on Finance report $40 30 in currency, and 20 
cents specie, as sent up from the different Ohurches. for printing Minutes, 
as shown in Statistical Table. Collection on Saturday for Beneficiaries 
of Wake Forest College, $57 35 ; collection for State Mis<iions, $7 50 ; 
making in all $105 35. Adopted. 

D. D. SUTTLE, Chairman. 

B. — Your Committee on Sabbath Schools would suggest the propriety 
of a Sabbath School in every neighborhood. Not that we believe, as 
some, that they are of so much importance as to be equal to the Gospel, 
but they are auxiliaries and nurseries, a place where the people may in- 
struct each other in the truths of the Bible, and where the young twig 
can be bent in the way it should grow, for it is said, " Just as the twig 
is bent the tree inclines'' ; and Solomon says, *' Train up a child in the 
way it should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." And 
many of us have realized the fact, that it is a pleasant thing to be in the 
Sabbath School. To train the dear little ones who have no father to 
impart unt,o them a knowledge of Christ as the Saviour of the world. 
Will not our brethren make a mighty effort to establish, and continue, 
Schools in all our Churches. 

Respectfully submitted. P. R. ELAM, Chairman. 

C. — Your Committee on Periodicals submit that we recommend the 
Bihlical Recorder as the medium for the Baptists of N. C. ; also the Work- 
ing Christian, published by Elder T. R. Gaines, in Yorkville, S. C, as 
worthy the patronage of our denomination. 

J. A. ROBERTS, Chairman. 

D- — Your Committee on Temperance make the following report : As 
Temperance is a scriptural principle, therefore, we recommend its ol> 
servance to all men, and especially the household of faith. Let it be 
taught by the Ministers, and practiced by Deacons and laity, and the 
cause of our blessed Redeemer will be victorious over one of its most 
cruel enemies, namely, intemperance. 

Submitted. R. POSTEN, Chairman. 

E. — Your Committee on Missions feel at a loss to know what mode of 
procedure would, or could, be adopted at this time, in order to advance 
the great and important cause of Missions. We ^eel that this is a work 
enjoined upon all whose minds and understandings have been enlightened 
by Divine Grace, a work in which we would feel happy to be engaged ; 
but we have to regret that, for the last few years, we have done nothing 
either for Domestic or Foreign Missions. And, while we deplore this sad 
state of things, we do not feel to attribute it to any want of a proper ap- 
preciation or interest in this great and good work ; but, having passed 
through the ravages of a destructive revolution, the prevailing cause seems 
to be pecuniary embarrassment. While we are desirous of doing all we 
tan for Foreign Missions, wc feel a deep solicitude for the destitution of 

Baptist preaching, within the limits of our own body. There is about 
one-third of the area of our own Association now destitute of Baptist 
preaching, and some of our Churches without a Pastor. How are these 
things to be remedied? We feel at a loss to know ; but your Committee 
can, at this time, suggest no better plan than to request our ministers to 
visit those places of destitution, as often as they can, during the next 
associational year, and solicit and urge our Churches to send up contri- 
butions at our next annual session, so we may be able to supply the des- 
titute localities with the Gospel for a while at least. 

BespectfuUy submitted. J. II. YARBOUO, Chairman, 

Gr. — Your Committee on Obituaries submit the following Report; 
"With grateful hearts we acknowledge the goodness of God in preserving 
the lives of so many of us. And more especially in preserving the lives 
of all our brethren in the ministry, during the past associational year. 
While we recognize God's great goodness and mercy towards us, we have 
sorrow for some of our Brethren who are no more. We sympathize with 
the Boiling Springs Church, who report to us the death of David Ham- 
rick, a deacon^ a man of great piety and devotion, and of advanced age. 

A. A. McSWAIN, Chairman. 


The King'' 8 Mountain Baptist Association to the Churches in Union — Greeting : 

Dear Brethben : According to an appointment, it becomes ray duty to 
address you, by way of a Circular Letter. The subject that I propose ad- 
dressing you on, is the Design of Baptism ; and, for a foundation, I have 
selected from the Word of God this text : " For as many of you as have 
been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ." — Gal. Ill : 27. 

These words seem to me appropriate to the occasion. The Association 
is made up of just such persons as are here referred to— persons who have 
been baptized into Christ ; and the Churches they represent are compared 
in like manner of such as have put on Christ, by being baptized in His 
name. My object in writing on this subject is, that we may consider the 
nature and obligations of the christian profession, remembering that we 
were baptized into Christ. The general design of baptism is a public and 
formal profession of the christian religion. We are baptized into Christ : 
in baptism we publicly acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, our Lord and 
Saviour, and declare ourselves his followers. It is a symbolical act, by 
which we profess discipleship to Jesus Christ, and engage to receive his 
doctrines. Of similar import is the expression " baptized in the name of 
Christ. The eager enquirers, on the day of Pentecost, were directed to 
repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ ; the Samaritans, be- 
lieving, were baptized in the name of tUe Lord Jesus Christ. Their bap- 
tism was a public acknowledgement of the mediatorial character and walk 
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a public avowal of discipleship to him. All 
that were baptized by the Apostles, were baptized in the name of Jesus 
Christ, that is, as the adherents, the disciples, the followers of Jesus Christ. 
That this is the design of baptism is evident from the commission : " Go 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Go teach, make disciples. The apostles 
were to preach the Gospel, and in that way make disciples to Christ ; then 
they were to baptize the disciples, that they might be publicly known as 
disciples. It is certain that the Apostles so understood the commission, 
for they baptized none but those they had made disciples to Jesus Christ, 
in precise accordance with the instructions they had received from their 
Master, " Go make disciples, baptizing them," «fec. In the beginning of 
the Gospel dispensation, a consent to be baptized was regarded as a recep- 
tion and an acknowledgment of Jesus' Messiahship, and a refusal to be 
baptized was regarded as a rejection of the Gospel and a denial of his 
Messiahship ; for. 'tis said, ".all the people that heard him, and the publi- 
cans justified God being baptized with the baptism of John, but the phari- 
sees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being 
baptized." Luke, vii : 29, 30. 

Wo will now notice the latter clause of the text. *' As many of you aa 
have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ." The same expression 
occurs in Komans: "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no 
provision for the flesh." So to put on Christ is to take him as our teacher, 
our guide, our governor and our Saviour. We put on Christ externally 
when we follow him into the baptismal water. " For as many of you as 
have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ." Siuce baptism is 
designed to be the badge of our public profession of Christianity, it formd 
the visible boundary between the church and the world ; *' for except a 
man be born of water, and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom 
of God." — John, iii : 5. By the expression, " born of water," is generally 
understood baptism ; by *' the Kingdon of God," in this place, is generally 
understood the visible kingdom, or Church of Christ upon the earth. For 
admission to this Kingdom, the Saviour here demands two prerequisites 
— to be born of water, and to be born of the spirit. No one is a fit subject 
for church membership until he is born of the spirit, until he is baptized 
or born of water. Hence it follows that baptism is the external sign 
which forms the dividing line between the church and the world. 

We have seen that the general design of baptism is a solemn, public, 
formal profession of Christianity. It is the initiation, by which we are ad- 
mitted into the fellowship of the church, the act by which we assume the 
christian name, the badge of our discipleship to Christ. But this general 
design includes a number of particulars. Christianity consists of doctrines 
to be received, emotions to be felt, precepts to be practiced, and promises 
to be trusted. In baptism we declare our belief in its doctrines, our expe- 
rience of its emotions, our obedience to its precepts, our reliance upon its 
promises. Baptism is also an acknowledgment of our sinfulness. The 
religion of Christ is a religion for sinners ; they that are whole need not 
a physician, but they that are sick. Christ came not to call the righteous 
but sinners to repentance. The ordinance administered by John contem- 
plated its subjects as sinners. John did baptize in the wilderness, and 
preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. " Then went 
out unto him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the regions round about 
Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins." — Mark 
i : 4, 5. Those baptized by the Apostles, as well as those baptized by John 
were supposed to be penitent sinners, deeply impressed with a sense of 
their guilt. Those baptized on the day of Pentecost were the subjects of 
pungent and powerful conviction. They said unto Peter, and the rest of 
the Apostles, " Men and brethren, what shall we do ?" Then Peter said 
unto them, " Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of 
Jesus Christ, for the remission of sin, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost." It is clear that the Apostles admitted none to baptism but 
such as declared themselves penitent sinners. Saul felt himself a sinner 
when, trembling and astonished, he said, " Lord, what wilt thou have me 
to do ?" Ananias thought Saul a penitent sinner when he said, " Arise, 
and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.* 

Again. Baptism is a declaration of our faith in Christ ; it is said John 
verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that 
they should believe on him that shall come after him, that is, on Jesus 
Christ. The terms of the commission is, '* Go ye into all the world, and 
preach the erospel to every creature ; he that believeth and is baptized 

aliaTr "be saved." In every case of baptism mentioned as performed by the 
apostles, it is expressly affirmed, or plainly intimated, that the subjects de- 
clared themselves believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Phillip taught the 
eunuch that he must believe with all his heart before he vras a fit subject 
for baptism. The Samaritans, when they believed in Jesus Christ, were 
baptized — both men and women. Cryspus, whom Paul baptized, believed 
in the Lord with all his house. And many of the Corinthians hearing 
believed and were baptized. !From all this it is plain, that the design of 
baptism is a public declaration of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the 
Son of God and Saviour of sinners^ Again, faith in Christ, implies faith 
in all the facts, and doctrines of the gospel; and so we find that the great 
fundamental facts of the gospel, are most strikingly symbolized in the 
ordinance of baptism. The most prominont of these facts, are the death 
and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ ; he was delivered for our of- 
fences and rais d again for our justification. If Christ be not raised from 
the dead, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain also. In our 
baptism, we declare our faith in the death and resurrection of the Saviour, 
and all those glorious doctrines connected with these great facts. How 
significantly are they set forth in this holy ordinance : " Know ye not 
that so many of us as were baptized unto Christ were baptized unto His 
death ; therefore we are buried with Him of baptism unto death, that like 
as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we 
also should walk in newness of life.'' — Eom. 6:3, 4. 

Peter speaking of the family of Noah, saved by water, says : ''The like 
figure whereunto baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of 
the filth of the fiesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) 
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Baptism is symbolical of his resur- 
rection : hence as Noah was saved by water, we are in a figure save by 
baptism. In baptism we declare not only our faith in the fact of Christ's 
resurrection, but also in the doctrine of the general resurrection. In com- 
memorating the resurrection of the Saviour, we anticipate our own. Some 
of the Corinthians denied the doctrine of the resurrection, m proof of 
which Paul appealed to their own baptism, and says : *' Else what shall 
they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all. Why 
are they then baptized for the dead ?" — Cor. 1 : 15, 29. 

The point of the argument is this : if there be no resurrection of the 
d«ad,. why is our resurrection symbolized in the ordinance of baptism ? 
Why are we required to perform an act which so strikingly sets forth 
the death and resurrection of the body ? If there is to be no resurrection 
of the body, why are we buried with Christ in baptism, if we are not 
with Him to be raised from the dead ? " If we have been planted togeth- 
er in the likeness of His death we shall be also in the likeness of His res- 
urrection." — Eom. 6 : 5. We declare this by being buried in water, and 
raised from the liquid grave. *' Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be 
dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
** Buried with Him in baptism, wherein ye are raised with Him through 
th« faith of the operation of God who hath raised Him from the dead." 
From all this, it is plain that baptism is a metaphor, not only of the death, 
1?urial and resurrection of the Lord J«su8 Christ, but also of the burial 
and resurrection of our own bodies. Baptism is also spoken of as the 
answer of a good conscience towards God.— Peter 1 : 3, 4. In its ob«ery- 


ance we profess to be at peace with God — to have our conscience void 
of offence, both toward God and man. Again baptism is a pledge of 
our allegiance and fidelity to Jesus Christ : Believers are the property of 
Him — they belong te Him. They are His by purchase — He has bought 
them. " What, know ye not, that ye are not your own ? for ye are bought 
with a price." — 1 Cor. 6: 19, 20. In our baptism we acknowledge the 
right of Jesus Christ in us, and convey ourselves to Him as His property. 
When a piece of property is sold and the price paid, the purchaser is enti- 
tled to a bill of sale, or a deed conveying the right and title of the proper- 
ty to him. The believer executes such a deed when he is baptized. He 
then, publicly declares that he, by purchase, belongs to Jesus Christ, and 
surrenders himself to his rightful owner. Believers are the servants of 
Christ, under the Mosaic dispensation, when a person purchased a Hebrew 
servant, it was the custom for tlie servant to have his ear bored, in token 
of his subjection and fidelity to his master. — Ex. 21 ; 6. In our baptism, 
we acknowledge Christ as our master ; we pledge ourselves as his obedi- 
ent and faithful servants. 

Again. Believers are the subjects of Christ. He is their sovereign 
ruler. When a foreigner emigrates to this country, and proposes to live 
under our government and laws, he must first take the oath of allegiance 
before he is entitled to citizenship. His oath doei not change his charac- 
ter but it changes his relationship, and entitles him to privileges which 
otherwise he could not enjoy. So in our Baptism, it is our oath of allegi- 
ance to Jesus Christ, as Head of the church, King in Zion, spiritual Lord 
and ruler in the new creation. When a sinner is renewed by grace, and 
made nigh by the blood of Christ, it is expected and required that he come 
out from among the world and be separate ; and to make it manifest by 
taking the oath of loyalty to Christ. This is done in baptism. By it we 
become visibly the subjects of Christ's Kingdom. Clearly this is the de- 
sign of baptism it is a solemn pledge of our attachments. Our allegiance, 
our fidelity to Jesus Christ, as our owner, our master, our husband and 
our sovereign. Baptism as we have seen all along, is declarative and em- 
blematic. We are born of water, to declare the fact that we have been 
born of the spirit. Our bodies are washed in the water of baptism, to 
signify that our souls are washed and cleansed in the blood of Christ. Our 
sins are said to be remitted in baptism. Because in that act we declare 
our reliance for pardon upon the atoning merits of the son of God. We 
are buried in the water of baptism, and raised again from the water 
to signify that whilst our bodies are to die, they are nevertheless to rise 
again, that though they may be laid in the grave they will nevertheless 
be raised out of the grave, 

Again. Our baptism is not the ground of our hope, not by any means, 
but it is a most beautiful and impressive representation of the true, and 
only ground of Hope, which is the death and resurrection of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. I think Brethren T have exhibited the scriptural view of 
the design of baptism, it is a formal and practical profession of the christian 
religion. That is to say, it is an acknowledgment of our sinfulness, a de- 
claration of faith, a profession of our repentance, a pledge of our obedience, 
an expression of our hope. In attending to the ordinance of baptism, it 
is important that it be so observed as that its designs shall be answered, 
its entire significancy be preserved, its full meaning be clearly and exact- 


ly set forth. As well neglect it altogether, as to change its form or apply 
it to those to whom it does not properly belong, or in any way pervert its 
design. The design of the ordinance is not answered, when it is applied 
•to an infant child, for the simple reason that infants are incapable of 
making the profession which baptism supposes ; how can an infant believe, 
how can they walk in newness of life, how can they repent and exercise 
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ ? These are things they have not, and 
jcannot perform. Baptism is described as being the answer of a good 
conscience towards God. Is it so to an infant child? to them it is neither 
the answer of a good, nor an evil conscience, their consciences have noth- 
ing to do with it. Its designs is not answered when the rite is applied 
to unconverted persons, whether infants or adults. Only such as give 
avidence of haviog embraced the gospel are fit subjects for baptism. 

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Rutherford, K C. : " Star " PrixTj 


Friday, Sept. 23rd, 1870. 

The Association met according 
to adjoiirninent. The introducto- 
vy sermon was delivered by Elder 
II. V. Logan, from Mark, 4th-24th. 
i?rayer by Elder C. B. Justice. A 
recess of thirty minutes was then 
given for refreshment after which 
the delegates convened in the 
Meeting llouse. Prayer by Elder 
G. W. Kolliils. 

Elder Gr. W. Rollins, former 
Moderator in the chair, appointed 
J. A. Rol)erts and B. II. Bridges 
reading clerks. A call was then 
made upon the Ohurclies for their 
Representation and Statistics 
v/hicli was communicated by let- 
ters and Minuted by the Clerk. 

On motion, a call was made for 
newly constituted Churclies, also 
for Churches from other Associa- 
tions to join this body; none pre- 

Elected G. W. Rollins, Modera- 
tor and Elder G. M. Webb, Clerk. 
Called for Correspondence from 
sister Associations, and received 
from the Broad River, none. 
From the Green River a package 
of Minutes, and Elders J. C. Gray- 
son, C. B. Justice, T. B. Justice 
and L. R. Rollins. From Cataw- 
ba River, none. From the York 
Association', none. 

An invitation was given to 
visiting ministers, not delegates 
nor messengers, which was accept- 
ed by Elders Wade Hill, L. C. 
Ezell and A. A. McMahan. 

On motion, appointed Elder W. 
McSwain,D. Setzer, E. j. Love- 
lace with the Monderator and 
Clerk, a Committee to arrange 
business for the Association. 

Appointed W. B. Stroud, 11. 
llarrill and J. J. Hicks with tlm 
Deacons of this Church n Com- 
mittee on religious exercises dur- 
ing the Session. 

On motion, adjourned until 10 
o'clock, to-morrow. Prayer by 
Elder J. C. Grayson. 

Saturday Morning, 10 O'Clock. 

The Association met, Prayer by 
Elder J. K. Howell. 

Ist. Called the roll and marked 

2nd. Read proceedings of Fri- 
day, which were approved. 

On motion, invited Bro. J. II. 
Mills, Editor of tlie " BibUcalBe- 
corder/' to a seat with us which 
was accepted. 

The committee of arrangements 
reported, report received and 
committee discharged. Read 
rules of Decorum and Abstract of 
Principles. The Chair then ap- 
pointed the following committees. 

On finance B. Blanton, J. Smart 
Hnd B. II. Biidges. 

On Union Meetings, J. A. Bo- 
berts, A. A. McSwain and D. 

On Sabbath Schools, J.K How- 
ell, E. J. Lovelace and J. J. 

On PeriodiealSy J, II. Yarboro, 
J. C. Lattimore and R. Mc- 

On Miysions, T. B. Justice, B. 
Boston and L. McSwain. 

On Temperance, A. A. Mc- 
Swain, S. A. Wilson and W. B. 

On Obituarys, P. Suttles, M. 
Pannel and P. D. I*atter.son. 

On Petitions and Queries, B. 
P. Logan, G. M. Webb and J. C. 
Lattimore. ' 

On motion, appointed |x^rsons 
to write to sister Associations and 
Messengers to bear them ; to the 
Broad Biver, Elder R. Boston to 
write. Elders O. M. Webb, B. 
Poston, A. A. McSwain, B. P. 
Loi'-an and brethren, B. W. Gard- 
ner, E. J. Lovelace and B. II. 
Bridges Messengers. - 

To the Green Biver, Elder J. 
IL Yarl)oro to write, Eldm-s G. 
W. Bollins and J. II. Yarboro 

Appointed by ballot a person to 
write a circular letter, which re- 
sulted finally in the choice of J. 
II. Yarboro. 

Dismissed an liouv for refresh- 

Met again in the house and 
elected Elder G. M. Webb to 
preach the next introductory ser- 

Elected persons to preach on 
Sabbath, Elder T. B. Justice to 
preacii at 10 o'clock. Elder ^ J. 
0. Grayson to preach a missiona- 
ry Bcrmon atll o'clock, Elder W. 

Ilill and J. K. Ilowell, to preach 
in the afternoon. It was agreed 
tliat after the missionary sermo* 
a collection should be taken iip' 
for State and Foreign Missions. 

Then called for reports of com- 
mittees, which the committee o» 
Periodicals reported as follows : 


The committee thinks that thf^- 
Biblical Bccorder should l»e taken 
and read by every Baptist in th«- 
State; w'e regard it as the organ 
of our denomiinatioii, it is a firm 
sn]')porter (jfBa[vtist doctrines and 
princi[de.^, it l.)rings us into inti> 
mate connection with good men 
whose faces we have never seen,, 
from its columns v^e gather in- 
structions and coujnsel which ]>ave 
becti the result of the experienct^ 
of the entire dene^mination. W^ 
regard it as worthy the support 
and patronage oV every Baptist, 
W^e therefore hope that our pas*' 
tors and brethren generally will 
make a vigorous effort to extend 
its circulation. We also think 
that Kind V\^ords is a most admir- 
able little sheet for children and 
Sunday Sebools and would h^ 
happy to see it introduced int':> 
every family and Sunday School. 
Bespectfully submitted. 
J. II. YABBOBO, Chr'm. 

G. M. W^ebb, J. C. Lattimore 
and J, A. Boberts were appointed 
to solicit subscriptions for the 
Biblical Becorder. 

The committee on Union Meet- 
ings report, that the next Union 
Meeting, will bo held with Bleas- 
ant Hi it Church, 5 miles South 
east of Shelby, commencing on 
Friday before \he 2nd Sabbath in 
August 187L App(nnted Elder-i 
G. M. Webb, A. A. McSwain, W.- 

McSwain, and "R. PoBten to at- 
tend said Meeting. 

The committee on Finance re- 
port §33,55 in currency and 90 
I'ents in specie as sent up from 
the different Churches for print- 
lug Miimtes, 

On motion agreed to me«t at 
o'clock on Sabbath Morning to 
bear a Lecture from T. B> Justice. 

Adjourned until 9 o'clock, Mon- 
day Morning, prayer by Elder J, 
€\ Grayson. 

Sabbath Morning, 9 O'clock. 

Met in the house, hym^ii, ** Jesus 
K:>ver of my -soul," prayer by Eider 
^r. K Howell, Elder t. B. Justice 
made a very impressive and in- 
teresting Lecture. 10 o'clock, 
gathered at the stand for preach- 
ing. The stand was occupied 
lirst by Eider T. B. Justice, text : 
**The \%m5'of the transgresser is 
liard." Followed by Elder J. C. 
Grayson, teM: " And this Gospel 
of the Kingdom shall be preach- 
ed in all the w^orld, for-a witness 
unto all nations then shall the 
end come," 

After which a collection was 
taken up amounjting to $25^00. 

Dismissed an hour for dinner. 

Met again at the stand which 
was occupied by Elder W. Jlill, 
services closed by Elder J. K. 

We hope that great good may 
roeult from the labors of the day. 

Monday Morning, 9'O^clock. 

Tlie Association met, praver by 
M«k3r K. Boston. 

Ut, Called the Bioll. 

2ifd. Bead proceedings^of Sattr^' 
day vmtl Sabbhth, approved. 
^ 3rdH The Committee on Mis- 
sion e reported as follows ; 

Your committee on Missmni? 
beg leave to report, that they are 
profoundly impressed witli the 
necessity of renewed and t^nlarged 
efforts in this department of chris- 
tian labor. That notwithstand- 
ing much has been done, yet 
much remains to be done. \Ve 
have great reason to rejoice that 
God has signally blessed the ef- 
forts of our denomination hereto- 
fore pat forth in the dissemina- 
tion 01 knowledge. That he hae 
convicted and converted thous- 
ands of souls under the ministry 
of your appointees, or those ap- 
pointed by your boards or other* 
Mnse, Our obligation to labor in 
this department wdll not cease un* 
til the last sheep shall be brought 
into the fold of Christ. The fields 
are now white to harvest, and are 
found in parts of the territory oc- 
cupied by your Association, a8 
well as in other parts of the State 
in which we live, in tlie foreign 
fields now partially cultivated and 
others yet to be occupied. We 
believe that with a little general 
effort, the glorious gospel of the 
blessed God might be preached in 
all tlie world. Your Association 
has a membership of 2825. If 
each member would cont'-ibute 
but 15 cents, it would give §141.15 
for Missions in your own bounds, 
and a like amount for both State 
and Foreign Missions. Although 
the amount mentioned is small, \ 
yet we shall be pleased if even 
this is done during the ensuing 
Associational year. 

T. B. JUSTICE, Ch'm. 
Report adopted. 

Af 'e^ the adopttisn i^f tke abe\^c 
report, pledges were made by the 
following brethren for the pur- 
pose of sustaining a MisBionary 


in the bounds of the Association, 
to-wit : 

Elder G. M. Webb $15, for his 
Churches ; J. C. Lattimore $5, for 
Bi^^ Spring Church ; G. W. Rol- 
llns $15, for his Churches; A. A. 
McSvvain $8, for BoiHng Spring- 
Church ; E. J. Lovelace, $5 for 
Double Spring Church ; li. C. 
GUidden, ^5 for Bethlehem; A. S. 
Ilarrill, $4 for Bethel Church ; J. 
Kllowell, $22.80 forhis Churches; 
Ji. W. Gardner, $5 forlsTew Bethel 
Church; P. D. Wilson, $10 for 
Zoar ; 'N. S. Harrill, $3; J. Smart, 
SI; A. Earles, $5.20; delegates 
from Zion, $5; Jno. IT. Ilarrill, 
$3 ; J. M. Ham rick, $5 for Mount 

Total amount $117.00. 

Then on motion appointed J. 
A. Roberts, E. J. Lovelace and J. 
0. Lattimore, a Missionary board 
for this Association, whose busi- 
ness it is to employ Missionaries 
to labor in our boutids. 

On motion agreed to appropri- 
ate half the collection taken up 
on Sabbath to our own iield. 


Your committee on temperance 
submit the following report : 

With feelings of great solici- 
tude and the strongest desires \vq 
had lioped to see the noble cause 
ot temperance progress to a state 
or perfection in purity. For it al- 
ways ha.^ been and it is with feel- 
ings of the deepest distress that 
we have, and do look upon the 
evil effects of intemperance upon 
our redeemers cause on account 
ot its pointing stain left upon the 
christian character of those tam- 
pering witli the pernicious stuii'. 
And they not only causing wo- 

men and children to suffer bj 
their evil deeds ; but a better and 

more lovely one is made to suffer, 
in robbing God of the obedience 
due to him. But we are glad to 
say by tbe^ Irrm and decided stand 
taken by many ministers and 
brethren, and by their faitliful la- 
bors in the temperance cause much 
has been, and is likely to be ac- 
complished in tliat great w^ork, 
and that christian purity exists, 
and we believe will exist, to a 
greater extent in the church of 
Christ. And when a firm and de- 
cided stand is taken by every min- 
ister and every member, and they 
faithfully labor to put down the 
evil practices of intemperance, 
and its leading causes, we believe 
that intemperate creatures and 
intemperate makers will see their 
evils and turn av/ay from them, 
and total abstinence will prevail 
in its purity everywhere. We 
have with care considered the 
evils attending the baneful prac- 
tice of intemperate habits, and as 
the church of Christ is the most 
etHcient organization engaged in 
its suppression, and can alone 
give an eifective check to evils ; 
we therefore reconimend that the 
churches composing this Associa- 
tion use their best efforts to stiiy 
its progi*ess (namely intemper- 

A. A. McSWAIN, Ch'm. 


Your Comiiiittee on Obituaries 
submit the foUov/ing report: 

With grateful hearts we ac- 
knowledge the goodness of God 
in preserving the lives of so many 
of us, and more especially in pre- 
serving the lives of all our breth- 
ren in the ministry duriug th« 

past aegociational year. White 
vfe recognize God's great good- 
liess and mercy towards us we 
liave sorrow for some of our breth- 
ren who are no more. We sym- 
pathise witli those churches who 
report to us the death of some of 
their members. 

D. D. SETTLE, Ch'm. 



Your Committee on Sunday 
Schools submit the following: 

There ought to be a Sunday 
School in every church in our 

1st. Because we are command- 
ed, Eph. 6th : 4th, to " bring up 
our children m the narture and 
admonition of tlie Lord." The 
Sunday School properly managed 
is one of the best means to help us 
in this commanded and all im- 
portant duty. 

2nd. Because we are command- 
ed to "teach all nations," Mat. 
28t/i :19th; and certainly our 
children, for Moses commanded 
it. Dent. 4th : 9th ; and we are 
told Gen. 18th : 18th-19th, that 
all nations should be blessed m 
Abraham because he taught his 
children and household the com- 
mands of the Lord. What better 
place to teach oar children than 
the Sunday School, to fill their 
minds with religious truths while 
they are young and tender and 
keep out many errows that they 
may be able to carry out the com- 
mand ? Prov. 4th : 23rd, '^ Keep 
thy heart with all diligence; for 
out of it are the issues of life." 

3rd. Because we are tausrht 

crease and darknCBS takes liold of 
the people, we must bestir our- 
selves to dispel them. Where 
can we labor more successfully 
than in the Sunday School. Here 
is a field in which all can work. 
And if we arc taught Mat. 5th : 
15, it is a waste of material to 
light a candle and put it under a 
bushel ; so we ought to knovv- it 
would be a waste of grace for tlu; 
Lord to light or enlighten iis and 
we give no light to the world. 
'' Men do not light a candle and 
put it under a bushel," neither 
does the Lord suffer his people to 
hide themselves in darkuesp. 

Out of 25 churches we have G 
schools; out of 2823 members we 
have 48 teachers,; out of between 
two and three thousand children 
in our bounds, about tliree hun- 
dred are being taught. Arise 
shine, for thy light is come. 
Kespectfully subnaitted, 
J. K. HOWELL, Ch'm. 

The committee on petitions luul 
queries reports in favor of meet- 
ing next year v>dth the Bethel 
Church, L'cdell County, N. C, at 
the usual time. 

On motion, the clerk is ordered 
to publish the Constitution, liuleH 
of Decorum and Abstract of 
Principles, with the Minutes, 

A resolution of thanks for hos- 
pitality was adopted. 

The clerk is allowed $10.00, 
and ordered to have printed as 
many Minutes as the money on 
hand will pay for. 

On motion read and approved 
letters to Sister Associations. 
The Clerk read the proceedings 
of the present session whicli are 
approved. The body havi*ng goridp^ 

Sph. 5th -chapter, as errows in- through with the business of th«* 


>€S6ion adjourned to meet with Prayer by Elder J. K, Howell, 

Jk'thel Church, Iredell County, Benediction by the Moderator, 

X. C, on Friday before the 3rd G. W. ROLLIN'S, Moda^ator, 

:!?abbath, ia September 187L G, M. Webb, Clerk 

Constitution of tlie ling's Mountain Baptist Assoeiation^ 

We, the united Baptist chui'cli- 
•i?B of Jesus Christ, located part- 
ly in the States of i^orth Carolina 
itnd South Carolina, having all 
been immersed upon a profession 
of our faith in Christ, propose to 
maintain the order and rules of 
iin Association, according to the 
ibllowing plan; 

Article 1st This Association 
sshall he known hy the name of 
^the King's Mountain Association, 

2nd. This Association shall he 
<'omposed of such members as 
;^liall be chosen and recommend- 
t'd by the churches in union, 

3rd. Other churches may be- 
come members of this Association 
by their delegates presenting cer- 
tificates of their appointment, 
.^ijrovided on examination they bo 
found orthodox, 

4th, The Association shall or- 
ganize by electing a Moderator 
and Clerk, who shall hold their 
appointments until another elec- 
tion unless displaced by the bo- 

^th. This Association, as an 
-Ret of christian courtesy, may in- 
vite ministers of our denomina- 
^^ion to'seaits with us in counciL 

^6th. '-^his AssociUtion wtsen 
k3€iiiBYe<net Aall b« -governed by * 

regular and proper decorum^ 
which they are authorized to form 

7th. This Association hath an 
inalienable right to judge what 
churches shall be admitted into 
its confederacy. 

8th. The Assciation thus form- 
ed shall be regarded by us only 
in the light of an advisory coun- 
cil with no coercive power '■^to 
lord it over God's heritage," 

9th, This Assoclaton shall have 
power to withdraw from any 
church in its connexioia tnat sliall 
hold corrupt doctrines or indulge 
in sinful or vicious practices. 

10th. Every church in union 
having a membership not exceed- 
ing 50 in number, shall be enti- 
tled to a representation of two 
delegates, and one additional dele- 
gate for every increase of 50 over 
that number. 

11th. The primary object of 
this Association shall be to ^'strive 
for the unity of the Spirit in the 
bonds of peace" amongst tlw 
churches ; the employment of do- 
mestic missionaries, and to keep 
up the statistical accounts of thr, 
> churches in its connexion. And 
Anally to concentrate our effort*; 
for the advancements of the Ke- 


deeiner'3 kingdom on earth, and 
for the deposition of the works of 

12th. ITone but the members of 
this body shall be allowed a vote 
in its counsels, and a majority 
shall decide in disposing of and 
settling all business that may con- 
stitutionally come before them. 

loth. This Associaton in all 
cases disclaims the rights in its 
associcite capacity, to settle church 
difhculties ; but when a division 
occurs, and two parties equally 
claim to the church, and repre- 
sent themselves by letter and dele- 
gates, this Association shall have 
the right of decide at the first, or 

Bome future meeting of its body 
thereafter, which party shall be 
recognized as the constitutional 
church, and entitled to a seat in 
its corucd. 

14. The Minutes of the Asso- 
ciation shall be read each day, and 
corrected^, if need be, by the body ; 
and when the business shall be 
gone through with, signed by 
the Moderator and Clerk before 
the Association rises. 

15th. Any Article of this Con- 
stitution may be altered or amen- 
ded at any annual meeting, by a 
majority of two-thirds of the dele- 
gates present voting for the same.. 

Elites of BecoriiB!. 

1' The Association shall be 
opened cind closed by prayer. 

2. The iModenitor shall be deem- 
ed a judge of order, and shall 
liiive a right to call to orde- at 
any tune : also it shall be his duty 
to see that tlie lUiles ofDoconini 
are attended to: to take tlie opin- 
ion of the Association on all ques- 
tions nroperly brought before the 
body/' " ■ 

3. Any nieniber not satlfied 
with his decision on any point of 
order, may apeal to the Associa- 
tion on the same day the decision 
is made, but at no other time. 

4. It sliall be the duty of the 
Clerk to keep a regular record of 
tiie transactions ot the Associa- 

5. But one person shall speak 
at a time, aiid he shall rise to his 
feet and obtain leave of the Mod- 
erator, and when he has done 
speaking he shall sit down, and 
siiall not speak more than twice 
on the same question, nov more 
than twenty minutes at one time, 
unless he obtain leave of the As- 

6. The Moderator, when ad- 
dressed for leave of speech, shall 
3ingnify the same by naming of 
them or otherwsse. 

7. ISTo member shall be inter- 
rupted while speaking, uidevs iio 
depart from the subjct on hand, 
or use wor<ls of personal redec- ^ 
tion; or with a view of calling to 
order fo some particular pur[)Ose. 
Any motion made and seconaled, 
shall come under the considera- 
tion of the Association, except 
withdrawn by Inni w-lio made it. 

8. Every case taken up by tlie 
Association, shall be first dccidv-d 
upon, before another is offered. ' 

9. When any tiling is talcen up 
by tlie Association, after ad owing 
time for tlie debate, the Tvlodera- 
tor shall put the question ; and 
those in favor of the tiling pro- 
posed shall rise to their feet, and 
those opposed to it keep tlieir 
seats : the Moderator shall pro- 
cure the decision before the atan- 
ders take their seats. ?. 

10. iSTo person shall depart the 
■service of the Association with- 
out leave. | 

11. The'appellation of brother 
shall be used in our address to 
each other. 

12. The names of themembcr?^ 
shall be called as often a necessa- 

13. i^o member sliall be in- 
dulged in any practice that has a 


tendency to interrupt in the time ppeaking, but slmll not vote nn- 

()f a public speech, or any other less the Association be equally 

practice that would dishonor the divided ; then he shall give tlu' 

Association. casting vote. 

14. The Moderator shall be en- 15. Any person breaking these 

titled to the same privilege of Joules of Decorum, shall be re- 

epeech as any other member, pro- ])roved at the discretion of the 

Tided he appoints some other Association, but only on the day 

member to his seat while he is the breach is made. 

Abstract of Principles. 

1. We believe in one only true 8. Yv'e believe ili:ttlxipti?fiiKriid 
and living (.Tod, the Father, ^Soii the Lord'ri Supper are ordinanee* 
and Holy Ghost, three in one. of Jesus Christ, and tliat true be- 

2. We believe that the h^erip- }'''''^'' ^^^ ^'^^' '^^'^ P^'^P^^ ^f^ 
tares of the Old and Xew Testa- J?^ts ; and coiiseieutiously do bo^ 
ments are the Word of God, ^nd ^^^'^'^ '^"^ ^'"^'^ ^^^^^^^ ^^ nanirrsion. 
the only true ruK^ of thith and <). Wd^elievv* in in tiuj resnr- 
praetiee. rcctioii of rhi- dead, and L;X?!:icrai 

a. We believe in tlie doclrii^o j'^l-munt. 
of original sin. 10. AVc i^elievo that tlicjoys of 

4. Webelievoin maiv's inipo- the righteous, and the punishment 
^ency to reeover himself iVoin die <d'the \vi('hed wdl be- etta-nah 
taliJn state lie is in by nature, by ^^^ -^^^^ ^^^^.^^,^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ uAm^t^^r 
his own tree wdl an<l nohness.^ ^^^^ .^ ^.^,^. ,^^.^,^^ administratioa 

5. We behove in the doetrine of the ordi-uu-es, <'!dy such as has 

of ./^V(.x-/6(>/^, tlu'ough sanetitleation been calh^l of (Joil, as wasAaron^ 

of the Spirit, and belief of iiio and regtiltrfly biiptized and ap- 

truth. pvoveii oT by tlie ( 'Imrch, and 

- \\- \ ]' ^! . • eorno uod*'r tlie imj>osition of 

'). vv e o'cueve tliat siimtM.'.i are , i . .i ,> > ' 

t,. r,iA 1 • ^1 • 1 . f'/i 1 iatnc s Dv tn«' rreshytei'v. 

justnied in the sight ol- God, oniy 

by th^ merits of Jesus Christ. ' ^o. W\- hdievu that none but 

7. We believe the Saints sliali believers have a riglittorhe ordi- 

]>ersevere in graee, and not iinal- nances of li;ipd^!it and r*;e Lord'j5 

iy fall awav. ^ Su^tl'-or. 

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Tweiitietli Annifersary Meeting, 


KingV Mountain Baglisl issocidon 

Held witli Betliel Cliurcla, 


Friday, September 23d, 1871, 




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A-bstract of ]Priiiciples, 

1. We believe in one only true and living God, the Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost, three in one. 

2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the Word of God, and the only true rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in by nature, by his own free will and holiness. 

5. We believe in the doctrine of Mection^ through sanctification 
of the Spirit, and belief of the truth. 

6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God, only 
by the merits of Jesus Christ. 

7. We believe the Saints shall persevere in grace, and not finally 
fall away, 

8. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of Jesus Christ, and that trtfe believers who h^ve been immersed 
upon a profession of faith, are the only proper subjects for the Lord's 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and general judg- 

10. We believe that the joys of the righteous, and the punishment 
of the wicked will be eternal. 

11. We believe that no minister has a right to the administration 
of the ordinances, only such as has been called of God, as was Aaron, 
and regularly baptized and approved of by the Church, and come 
under the imposition of hands by the Presbytery. 


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FRIDAY,^ Septembek 22nd, 1872. 

The Association met, according to a^'ournment, with the Church 
at Bethel, Iredell County, N. C. The introductory sermon was 
preached by Elder G. M. Webb, Text : 1st Thess., 5:6: "Let 
us not sleep, &c." Prayer by Elder T. Dixon. Intermission of thir- 
ty minutes for refreshments. 

The Association was called to order by Elder J. K. Howell, Mod- 
erator, pro tern, A. A. McSwain and J. R. Logan were appointed 
Reading Clerks. The Church letters aad the names of the delegates 

The Churches at Capernaum, Shelby, and New Prospect, having 
received letters of dismission from the Broad River Association, S. C, 
were at their own request, received as members of this body. 

Elder T. Dixon was elected Moderator. Elder G. M. Webb was 
re-elected Clerk. 

The Minutes of the last eesion were adopted as the rules Jof busi- 
ness for the evening. 

Correspondents from Sister Associations were welcomed as follows: 
Broad River ^ T. Dixon and J. L. Ledford ; Catawba River ^ I. S. Brid- 
ges, E. Allison and G. J. Wilkie. 

The following were welcomed as visiting Ministers : J. B. Marsh, 
G. W. Green, S. Head, and J. D. Huffham. 

J. K. Howell, J. R. Logan, and J. C. Lattimore, with the Modera- 
tor and Clerk, were appointed a committee on order of business, 

J. J. Hicks, D. D. Suttla, and A. Beam, with the Pastor and Dea- 
cons of the Church, were appointed a committee on religious exercises. 

On motion adjourned to 10 o'clock, A. M., to-morrow. 

Prayer by A. A. MeSwain. 


Prayer by J. K. Howell. The roll was called. The committee on 
order of business reported. The report was received and xhe com- 
mittee discharged. 

The constitution, rules of decorum and abstracts of principles were 
read. The 8th article of the abstract of principles was changed as 
follows : 

"We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
of Jesus Christ ; and that true believers who have bee n immersed 
upon a profession of faith are the only proper subjects for the Lord's 

The 12th article of the abstract of principles was stricken out. 

The following Committees were appointed : On finance, J. Setzer, 

J. J. Sigman and J. L. Ledford; on union meetings, M. D. Padgett 

D. Poston and John Pruitt ; on Sabbath-schools, A. A. McS wain, 

Thomas Kendrick and W. B, Stroud ; on periodicals, J. K. Howell, 

\ D. D. Little and John Anthony ; on missions, J. D. Huf ham, J. R. 

i Logan and J. C. Lattimore ; on temperance, J. J. Hicks, J. M. Toms, 

Igand E. M. Sweezy ; on obituaries, L. R. Rollins, W. D. Wiseman 

and W. B. McCall ; on state of religion, J. E. Logan, Lawson Has- 
rill and T. J. Dixon. 

The report of the missionary board was read. 

Eeport of Missionary Boards. 

Received from the churches and individuals $129. 

Paid G. M. Webb, G. W. Eollins and J. K. Howell $96. 

On hand $33. 

E. J. LOVELACE, aa/mcm.' 

The report was adopted. 

Messengers to sister Associations were appointed as follows : 

Broad river, A. A. McSv/ain, G. M. Webb, Z. M. McKinney, J. C. 
Hoyle, W. D. Wiseman, L. R. Rollins and N. B. Cobb, A. A. Mo- 
Swain to write the letter ; Green river, N. B Cobb, T. Dixon, G. M. 
Webb, W. Hill, G. W. Rollins, L. R. Rollins, J. M. Toms, M. D. 
Padgett and W. W. Green, G. M. Webb to ^rite the letter ; Catawba 
river, J. E. Howell and J. J. Hicks, J. K. Howell to write the 

The circular letter was called for. None has been sent up. 

The Association adjourned to hear a sermon by Elder J. B, Marsh, 
Text: "I will hear what God the Lord will speak, &c.," Ps. 85:8. 
Intermission forty-five minutes. 


A. A. McSwain was appointed to write Circular Letter for next 
year. Subject — Systematic beneficence. 

J. K. Howell was appointed to preach the Introductory Sermon at 
next session. 

J. D. Huf ham was appointed to preach the Missionary Sermoa at 
11 o'clock A. M.. on Sunday. G. M. Webb and T. Dixon were also 
elected to preach on same day. 

The Report on Sabbath Sch40ols was read. 

Eepart on Sabbath Scliools. 

We are happy to receive cheering reports from some of the church- 
es. They are taking a deep interest in Sabbath Schools, and we be- 
lieve great good has resulted from their eiforts. Some of the churches 
have no Sabbath Schools. We therefore urge the importance of this 
great work, and recommend that every Church enter into it. 

A.^A. McSWAIN, Chairman. 

The Report was adopted. 

The comniittee on Union meetings recommended that the next 
meeting be held with the Church at Zion on Friday before the 5th 
Sunday in August. G. M. Webb, T. Dixon, J. K. Howell, A. A. 
McSwain, G. W. Rollins, and R. Poston were appointed to attend. 

The Report on Periodicals was read. 

Eeport on Periodicals. 

Your committee are of the opinion that the interests of our denom- 
ination in the State require a Baptist paper, and that the interests of 
the Sunday School cause require a Child's paper. These require- 
ments are met in the Biblical Recorder, published in Raleigh, N. 
C, and by Kind Wohds, published in Memphis, Tenn. 

^ ' J. K. HO WELL, Ckiirman. 

Pending the motion to adopt the Report, thirty-iivo subscribers to 
I tho BiiiLiCAL Recojidkk, were secured. 


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The report of the Committee on Missions read. 

Eepuit Oil Missions. \ _\ : 

T. State Mrssroxs. — There is much spiritual destitution within the 
limits ot our own State. In some sections, the Gospel, as we under- 
stand it, is not preached. In some countios there are no Baptist 
preachers. In others there are but few Churches. It is our duty to 
supply this destitution as far as we can. 

The Baptist State Convention has been endeavoring to do this work 
and the efforts have been blessed. During the pr<^sent year they 
have had ten Missionaries in the field ; they now have- eight. Thro' 
the labors of these missionaries, many destitute places have had the 
gospel preached unto them ; more than one hundred persons have 
been baptized, and one church has been organized. One new house 
of worship has been commenced and efforts are making to build four 
others at important points. Many places are asking for help, and 
the number of laborers could b^ doubled if the means to sustain them 
were on hand. Tlie Executive Committeee have done something 
within our Associational limits. For particulars you are referred to 
their report. We recommend that our Churches extend to the Con- 
vention a hearty an(\ active co-operation in this Home Mission work 

II. FoREiG.sL Mi3:-;ioN3. — Never before have Southern Baptists 
found so much to encourage them in their foreign missionary work. 
Their missions in China are enlarging ; they now have in that great 
empire twelve Stations and out-stations, with thirty laborers ; twelve 
of these are from this country, and eighteen are natives. Seven 
Churches have been formed in connection with which more than 
three hundred have been baptized. The African mission has been 
resumed with ten stations and twelve workers. Oar European mis- 
sion is wonderfully progressive. In less than a year v/e have put 
eight or ten evangelists and colporteurs at work in Italy. In Eome 
a Baptist church has been formed and forty-five have been baptized. 
A school has been opened for the improvement of native preachers. 
Thirty thousand copies of portions of God's Word have been distrib- 
uted. On the banks of the Adriatic sea a church, heretofore holding 
the truth excepting in regard to the ordinances, has become Baptist 
and now has seventy-five members. Calls are made for Baptist wor- 
kers in difierent parts of Italy. Surely there is ample encourage- 
ment for every one to press forward- with fresh energy and hope in 
this great work. 

Pending the motion to adopt the E-eport, Sixteen dollars and Sev- 
enty-five cents were handed in from the church at Shelby for State 

The Committe on Finance reported contributions to the amount of 
Thirty-nine dollars and forty-three cents ($39 43.) for printing Min- 

At 9 o'clock. A. M., a Sabbath School meeting was addressed by 
S. Head and J. D. Hufham. At 10 o'clock Elder G. M. Webb 
preached at the stand. Subject — Unbelief. At 11 o'clock the Mis- 
sieaary sermon was preached according to appointment. Collection 
$24 85, for State missions. Intermission of one hour. Elder T. Dix- 
^ o^^ then preacj^ed at the stand on the Naiuro and Power of Prayer, f 
^ and closed the exercises of tke day. 

MONDAY, 9 o'clock, A. M. 
Prayer by Eev. J. D. 'Huph^m. The Committee on Obituaries sub- 
mitted their report. 


We notice in the statistics of our Churches that eighteen members 
have died during the year. Among them is Brother Samuel Haeeill 
of Concord Church, who departed this life in his 99th year, having 
been a consistent member of the Church for more than fifty years, 
and having filled the office of Deacon a large part of that time. He 
went doivn to the grave much esteemed by all who knew him. While 
we lament the loss of these departed ones, we bless God that so many 
of us have been spared to meet in our annual gathering. 

L. E. EOLLINS, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on temperance was read and adopted. 

Report on Temperance. 

Temperance is one of the christian graces. It was inculcated by 
the Author of our being at an early period of the world's history in 
the garden of Eden. It was also taught by the inspired writers of 
the Scriptures. The great apostle to the Gentiles reasoned before 
the Koman Governor concerning temperance. By temperance we 
understand a moderate use of things which are conducive to health, 
and a total abstinence from everything hurtful to health, morality or 
religion. We should be temperate in all things. There are many 
things of a temporal nature from which christians would do well to 
abstain entirely. Among them we mention pride, vanity, idle gossip 
too often verging on obscenity and tending to corrupt good morals ; 
and especially indulgence in the intoxicating bowl, thereby changing 
the image of God into that of brute beasts. We fear that some of 
our churches are already suffering from the prevalence of these 
things. If so we recommend the enforcement of Gospel discipline. 
Let offenders be admonished with tenderness and love ; but should 
they persist in their evil courses let them be cut off. Then and not 
till then can the churches expect to enjoy peace and prosperity. 

J. J. HICKS, Chairmaa. 

The report on state of religion was read and adopted- 

Report on State of Religion. 

A few of the churches seem to have enjoyed refreshing seasons 
of revival during the past year, having received one hundred and 
sixty members by baptism. For this wo are truly thankful. But 
many of the churches complain of coldness and barrenness ; others 
give meager reports of their condition, making no mention of prayer 
meetings or Sabbath-schools; and from a few we have no report 
either by letter or delegates. We fear, therefore, that our people 
are not making proper efforts to advance the Eedeemer's kingdom on 
the earth, and we would, in love, exhort then: not to sleep as do 
others, but to be watchful and sober. Our missionary enterprises, 
at home and abroad ; the Sabbath-school cause and, indeed, all the 
appliances for the spread of the Gospel requires this. We fear that 
there is too much neglect of many of the christian duties. How is it 
in reference to family prayer, deeds of charity, visiting the sick and 
afflicted ? Practical religion, we fear, is at a low ebb among many 
who ought to present better examples to the world. In looking 
abroad among the churches how often do we see pride, covetousness. 


vain glory, intemperance, worldly mindedDess, wrath, sedition, idle 
gossip and frivolities, all unworthy of the christian name and pro- 
fession. Brethren, ^theae things ought not to be. Fashion and loJly 
should not be suffered to engross so much of our time, to the neglect 
of christian duty. We should rather endeavor to keep ourselves 
unspotted from the world. We would therefore suggest that every 
follower of Christ begin at once to examine his heart and see whether 
he be in the exercise of true, living faith, or whether he be guilty 
of the sins already hinted at. If guilty let him ask God for pardon. 
If we love God we should at least keep His commandments and 
walk in His ordinances blameless. Then may we expect to enjo> 
religion more and to have sweeter communion with Him. Let us 
humble ourselves under His mighty hand. Let us all aspire to a 
closer walk with Him. J. R. LOGAN, Chairman. 

The missionary Committee was re-appointed as follows : G. J. 
Loveliace, J. C. Lattimore and J. A. Roberts. 

On motion it was agreed that the Association hereafter co-operate 
with the Baptist State Convention of N. C. in the work of missions. 

Letters to sister Associations were read and approved. On motion 
it was agreed that the next session of the Association be held with 
the church at Bethlehem. 

The following were adopted : 

Resolvedj That the Clerk be instructed to superintend the printing 
and distribution of the Minutes, and that he receive ten dollars for 
his services. 

Resolved, That the delegates be requested to present the subject 
of missions to their respective churches and endeavor to secure the 
adoption of some systematic plan of raising funds tor said object 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby 
tendered to the members of this church and community f©r their 
hospitality during our present session. 

On motion the Association 'adjourned to meet with the church at 
Bethlehem, Cleveland County, on Friday before the 4th Sabbathfin 
September, 1872. Prayer by E. Alison. 

T. DIXON, Moderator.. 
G. M. WEBB, Cleric. 


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Friday, Septeviber 20th, 1872, 






Friday, September 20th, 1872. 

The delegates composing the King's Mountain Association 
met with the Church at Bethlehem. At 11 o'clock A. M. the 
introductory sermon was preached by Elder Wade Hill. 
Text: Mark xvi, 15. Recess of forty-five minutes. 


Religious exercises conducted by Elder J. D. Ilufhara. 
Elder T. Dixon called the body to order. The church letters 
v/ere read and the delegates enrolled, as follows : 

Sandy i?wi.— Elder G. W. Rollins, L. R. Rollins, W. B. 
Stroud, B. B. Harris and M. D. Padgett. 

Zion. — R. Poston, A. C. Erwin and D. Poston. 

Zoar.—Z. R. Logan, M. O. Mclntyre and P, D. Wilson. 

Double Springs, — E. J. Lovelace and J. M. Bridges. 

Nevj Bethel.— W. B. McCall, W. A. Thompson, R. Yf. 
Gardner and T. J. Dixon. 

Pleasant IMll.—S. A. Roberts, S. A. Wilson, R. Bell and 
Jas. Poston. 

Corinth. — D. B. L^mn. 

Big Springs. — J. C. Lattimore and W. Chitwood. 

Bethlehem..— EUqt P. R. Elara, J. Barber and P. D. Pat- 

Concord. — W. ITarrell and R. L. Metcalf. 

Thessalonica. — J. J. Hicks. 

Bethel, Iredell Co. — John Setzer. 

Bethel^ Rutherford Co. — J. J. Jones. 

Mt. Sinai.— YXii^v L. H. McSwain. 

Mt. Pleasant. — J. A. Scruo^s^s and J. W. McGinnis. 


Beaver Daon. — Elder Martin Pannell, B. Hamrick, TST. S. 
Harrell and C. Green. 

Walls'.—:^. Smart. 

Sandy Plains. — E. M. Sweazy, E. D. Whitaker and AV. 

High Shoals.— J. M. Goode, W. D. Wiseman and J. P. 

3ft. Paran. — Peter Sepocli, George Martin and A. Earle. 

Mt. Harmony.— Z, S. Melton. 

Boiling Springs. — Elder A. A. McSwain, B. H. Bridges, 
W. H. Green and J. Hamrick. 

Shelby.— 'EUqv N" . B. Cobb, J. Jenkins and Elder G. M. 

Capernaicm. — Elder Wade Hill and Thos. Kendrick. 

New Prospect. — Elder T. Dixon, J. L. Bedford, J. C. Hoyle, 
A. Bean, E. P. Wei man and Jas. Parker. 

3ft. Zion.—¥. L. Dillin.2:er and J. R. Moss. 

Elder T. Dixon and G. M. Webb were re-elected Modera- 
tor and Clerk. 

The Church at Mt. Zion, formerly a member of the Broad 
Piver Association, was received into this body. 

The usual invitation to correspondents from sister Associa- 
tions was given, and the following appeared : Catawba Piver, 
IT. Padgett and C. C. Weathers ; Green Piver, Elder H. 

Elders C. Durham, of the Pamlico Association, T. Mullinax, 
of the Broad Piver, and J. D, Hufham, Corresponding Sec- 
retary of the Baptist State Convention of N. C, were seated 
as visiting ministers. 

Committee on order of business appointed as follows : W. 
Hill, G. W. Pollins and J. B. Lattimore, with the Moderator 
and Clerk. 

Committee on Peligious Exercises : J. P. Logan, W. B. 
Stroud and J. Jenkins, with the pastor and deacons of the 

Adjourned till 9|- o'clock A. M., to-morrow. Prayer by 
C. Durham. 


Saturday, 94: A. M. 

Prayer by Elder R. Poston, The roll was called. The 
minutes of yesterday were read. The committee on order of 
business reported. The report was received. The rules of 
decorum and abstract of principles were read. 

The following committees were appointed: 

Sabbath Schools, — N. B. Cobb, J. C. Lattimore and H. H. 

Missions—^. D. Hufham, J. 0. Hoyle and J. J. Hicks. 

Temperance — G. W. Rollins, J. R. Logan and J. Setzer, 

Finance — J. Jenkins, T. Kendrick and W. Harrell. 

Periodicals — R. Poston, W. Hill and L. R. Rollins. 

Union Meetings — J. A. Roberts, B. B. Harriss and W. 

OUtuaries—K. A. McSwain, M, Pannill and W. B. 

State of Religion— V . R. Elam, L. McSwain and W. D. 

The following brethren were appointed delegates to the 
Baptist State Convention : JST. B. Cobb, J. Jenkins, T. Dixon, 
G.M. Webb, G. W. Rollins, A. C. Dixon, L. R. Rollins, J. 
J. Hicks, A. A. McSwain and B. H. Bridges. 

The Missionary Committee was appointed, as follows : J. 
Jenkins, J/L, Ledford and E. J. Lovelace. 

Messengers to sister Associations were appointed, as follows : 
Broad River, W. Hill, P. R. Elam, T. Dixon, G. M, Webb, 
K. B. Cobb, G. W. Rollins, L. R. Rollins, J. R. Logan and J. 
L. Ledford ; Green River, G. W. Rollins ; Catawba River, A. 
A, McSwain, J. Setzer, J. J. Hicks and T. Dickson; York, 
P. R. Elam. 

Elder G. W. Rollins was appointed to preach the introduc- 
tory serm.on at the next session ot the Association ; Elder G. 
M. Webb, alternate. 

Elder Wade Hill was a2Dpointed to preach the missionary 
sermon at the next session ; Elder N. B. Cobb, alternate. 


Elder J. D. Hiifham was appointed to preach at 11 o'clock, 
A. M., to-morrow : in the afteriioon, Elder C. Durham. 

It was agreed to hold the next session of the Association 
with the church at Zion, commencing on Friday before the 
4:th Sabbath in September, 1873. 

The church at Corinth was, at her own request, dismissed 
from this body to join the Catawba River Association. 

The following query, sent up by the church at Sandy Plains, 
was taken up : *' Can the majority oi a church grant a letter 
of dismission in fall fellowship to a member, a minority vo- 
ting against it f 

It was moved that a negative answer be given. Pending 
the motion, the Association adjourned for one hour. 


The motion to give a negative answer to the query, after a 
full and free discussion, v/as carried. 

The Circular Letter was read by Elder A. A. McSwain and 
ordered to be appended to the Minutes. 

The report of the Committee on Missions was read, as follows: 


Our Savior's last commission to liis disciples was, that they should " go into 
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." This command is still 
in full force and constitutes every believer a missionary. He can not fail to be 
a raissionar^^ in heart and practice without proving false to the Savior whom he 
professes to love. We would call especial attention to two departments of labor: 

I. State Missions. — During the past year the Board of Missions of our State 
Convention has been actively engaged in trying to supply the destitute portions 
of our own "State with the preaching of the gospel. Since our last session more 
than tv/enty rni-^s'onaries have been in the field in different parts of .the State. 
LTnder their labors scv'-nu hiTidrcd pp^-cions have been baptized, several churches 
have been organized and huuii'.^ of vv- ri-sliip at important points are in coiitem- 
plation or in process of construction. Tiiei-e have been two missionaries at work 
in this Association, viz. : Elders Cobb and Webb. They have met with an en- 
couraging degree of success. This has been the case wherever an effort has been 
put forth. Everywhere there is a readiness — in some places an earnest desire — 
to hear us. We only lack the means to carry on this work more extensively. 
God seems to be calling on us to enlarge our efforts and our liberality in this 

II. EoREiGX Missions. — From aU quarters of the foreign field cheering intelli- 
o-ence reaches us. Our brethren there tell us that their labors are blessed now 


more than ever and that new fields are constantly opening before them. By a 
wonderful dispensation of God, Eome, so long the head- quarters of Anti-Christ, 
has been thrown open to us ; and the Baptists are now preaching the pure gos- 
pel in the city where Paul suffered martyrdom. Our brethren there are asking 
us to help them build a house of worship. Let us see to it that we do not neg- 
lect the calls which come to us from these quarters. 

[While the Association was engaged in considering the im- 
portance of sending the gospel to the world, the body was 
thrown into great confusion by the sudden appearance and 
curses of one Newton Long who, in a state of intoxication, 
came on the church-yard with a body of United States Cavalry 
and by their disorderly conduct created such excitement that 
the Association dispersed without formal adjournment. When 
the delegates started to their homes they found the roads lead- 
ing from the Church, guarded by the soldiers and it was only 
after considerable delay that they w^ere allowed to proceed.] 


The exercises of the Sunday School mass meeting were con- 
ducted by Elder Wade Hill. Addresses by Elders Cobb and 
Hufham. Preaching at the stand at 11 o'clock, A. M., by El- 
der Huf ham. Text: James, v.: 20. Collection, $43.20. At 
2 o'clock Elder C. Durham preached from Heb. ix. : 27. 

MoHBAT, 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Prayer by Elder A. A. McSwain. The roll was called. The 
minutes of Saturday were read and approved. The discussion 
of the report on Missions was resumed. After addresses on 
Foreign Missions by Elders Hufham, Hill and Webb, a col- 
lection for that object was made, amounting to $52.15, and 
the report was adopted. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported as follows : 


While we are happy to receive cheering reports from some of the Churches, 
we are sorry that we can not give a correct statement of the number of the 



schools within the bounds of the Association. But we hope that the Churches 
are doing more than they report. We think there is no better place for the 
early training- of children in the paths of virtue than the Sabbath School ; for 
the principles implanted in the minds of the little ones are the principles that 
control them through life. If then so much depends upon early training, where 
can we labor more usefully than in the Sabbath School ? We therefore urge the 
importance of having a School in every Church, and hope that this desirable re- 
sult will be accomplished by the next session of your body. 

B. H. Bridges, Cltn. 

The report was adopted. 

Bro. J. K. Logan read the report on Temperance, which was 


The common definition of temperance is, a moderate use of things lawful and 
a total abstinence from everything unlawful, pernicious, or detrimental to good 
healtli or morals. It is admitted by all to be a chief and paramount christian 
virtue. It has therefore been the practice of religious bodies of nearly every 
name and order to endeavor to inculcate the duty of temperance throughout the 
hvmia!i race and especially among those professing godliness. But alas ! Not- 
withstanding the efforts put forth by the advocates of the great and good cause, 
we lament that so little has been done ; or, rather, that so much yet remains to 
bo done. We see, on the right hand and on the left, very many of our young 
men, and old men alike, steeped in the foul sinks of intemperance, perverting 
the cause of christian progress and that civil liberty which has hitherto beea 
the bulwark of every benevolent institution in our once happy but now distract- 
ed country. It was once our boast that we could sit under our own vine and fig- 
tree and worship onr Maker according to the dictates of conscience. How 
changed is om* condition at the present day. By the intemperate administra- 
tion of the secular authority, the great buhvark of civil liberty is well nigh sup- 
planted by military domination or despotism. The instrumentalities used to 
carry out this vile system of iniquity are often of the lowest classes of society, 
drunken and profane and seeming to glory in their shame ; invading at times 
the sanctuary of God; disturbing, and intimidatinc: by deadly weapons, whole 
assemblies convened for the worship of the Most High. Over this species of 
intemperance v/o claim no jurisdiction or control. We can only enter our most 
solemn proiest against it, invoking the attention of those who have the rule over 
us and aeking a guarantee of protec:ion in our civil and religious rights. 

But we call on the Cimrches that we represent to arouse from their slumbers 
and do their wdiole duty. Resolutions and Associational reports will avail very 
little unless backed up by acts comformable thereto. Let the Churches be 
purged of intemperate persons and especially of those who are guilty of drunk- 
enness. Then may we expect a better state of things, greater religious health 
and prosperity. 

G. W. Rollins, CKn. 

The Committee on Finance reported the follow^ing amounts : 

For Minutes, ---------- $44 85 

State Missions, sent up by churches, - - - - - - 72 55 

State Missions, collected on Sabbath, - - - - 43 20 

State Missions collected by Webb on Mission field, - - - */ 20 

Total, - - > - - - - - ^167 80 

J. Jenkins, Chairman. 


The Committee on Periodicals reported, as follows : 

Believing' that the Churches derive great benefit IVoni the perusal of a reli- 
gious jourual containing able articles in the defense of gospel truth, and impart- 
ing glad tidings concerning the progress of Christ's Kingdom on the Earth, 
j-our Committee do most heartily recommend the Biblical Recorder as a paper 
suited to meet the wants of the denomination. 

Wc also recommend, as a !j»unday School paper, Kind Words. Every Sunday 
School should take this little paper. 

L. R. RoLLixs, Cltrii'u. 

Pending the motion to adopt the report, addresses, urging 
the claims of the Bihlical Record^r^ were made by Elders W, 
Hill, Webb and Ilufiiam. Fourteen subscribers to that paper 
were secured. 

The Committee on [JiuoQ Meetings reported, specifying the 
church at Sandy Run as the place for next meeting, and Fri- 
day before the tliird Monday in July as the time. Elders G. 
W. Rollins, T. Dixon, G. M. Webb, P. R. Elam and L. Mc- 
Swain were appointed to attend said meeting. 

The Committee on Obituaries reported, as follows : 


By reference to the Church Letters we find that twenty-five members of the 
churches have died during the 3'ear. Among them was Sister Susannah Har- 
rell, aged 75 years. She was an humble, devoted and beneficent christian lady, 
wiiose religious life will long be cherished by those who knew her. 

Bro. Thomas Wilson has also died since our last session. He was one of the 
members of the church at Shelby, when it was first organized, and was one of 
the fiirst deacons of that church. He was an u^jright and useful nian in his gen- 

Bro, Joseph Sepoch, a member of the church at Mount Pavan, has also fallen 
asleep. He lived to a good old age and lived before the Lord in Iiumble, faithful 
service to the last. 

We sympathize with all the churches that have been bereaved, but trust that 
their loss is the everlasting gain of those who have been taken awa3\ 

A. A. McSwAiN, Ch'm'n. 

The report was adopted. 

The report on the State of Religion was read, as follows : 


Some of our churches have enjoyed pleasant seasons of refreshing and wo 
have been strengthened by the addition of soldiers to our ranks. Other churches 


are cold and need reviving. Sabbath Schools are kept up here und tlicro but 
it seems hard to get iliem e'*tablisl\ed in all t)ur churches. Tlic spirit of Mis- 
sions scenes to be on the increase, but some of tlic eluirches do not give as tlie}' 
should; they spend money for parties and useless customs, but for the cause of 
missions they have no monc}^ to give. We rejoice to know that wliile the devil 
is striving to hinder the progress of Christ's Kingdom, it is yet steadily ad- 

P. R. Elam, Clim'n. 

The report was adopted. 

On {notion, the following was adopted. 

JR^soJvcd, That the delegates be requested to present the subject of Missions to 
their respective churches and endeavor to seciu'e the adoption of some sj'stem- 
atic plan for raising funds for said object. 

On motion of Bro. J. E.. Logan, tlie following were adopted : 

Whereas. We have heard, with unfeigned sorrow, of the death of Elder M. 
C. Barnett, who departed this life in Shelby, on the night of the 20th ult., cut 
down in the prime of his manhood and in the midst of his usefulness; at a time 
too, when, to his family and to his churches, there seemed to be so much need 
of him ; therefore, 

Ixcsolvcd, That in the death of Elder Barnett, the churches have lost a faithful 
paster and able preacher ; the State an uprio-ht cittizen ; the cause of religion, 
as set forth not only in his teachings but also in his life, a successful advocate ; 
his famih' a wise and affectionate husband and fatlier. 

JRcsoIved, That we tender our sympathies to the bereaved famil}" in their af- 
fliction and pray that it may be sanctitied by Him who hath smitten them, to 
their well-beingln tliis life and to their everlasting joy in the world to come. 

Tlie Clerk was ordered to superintend the printing and 
distribution of the minutes, and to receive ten dollars for his 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby tendered to the 
members of this church and the community for their generous hospitality during 
our present session. 

On motion, adjourned to meet with the church at Zion, six 
miles north of Shelby, on Friday before the 4:th Sabbath in 
September, 1873. Prayer by Elder J. D. Huf ham. 


G. M. Webb, Clerk. 


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The Kincfs Mountain Baptist Association. 

To the Churches in Union — Greeting : 

Dear Brethren: According to an appointment of last year, we address yoa 
this year upon systematic beneiicence. 

Beneficence, '"Is the practice of doing good, or active goodness:" and is a 
conspicuous quality in the system of morality. Authority compels us to be 
feared, wealth to be praised, erudition to be esteemed ; but beneficence renders 
us useful in society. Some endowments are solitary, and centre mostly in our- 
selves ; but beneficence is social, difi'nsive, and kind. The disciples of Jesus 
Onrist, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, were beneficent, "And all that 
believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions 
and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man liad need." (Acts ii: 44-45). 
That is, so far as their mutual wants required. What a beautiful picture was 
the first church at Jerusalem. It was a chui-ch in wliich no person called any- 
thing his: but in the unity of the Spirit, and in the lionds of peace tliey had all 
things common. It was a church preaching the gospel of Jusus Christ, 
and praising God day find night; and the word of God was magnified, 
and grew mightily ; and the saved of the Loi-d wei-e added daily to the 
Church. The objects of our beneficence should be all those who are in the 
sphere of our influence and action. Toward superiors, beneficence ex- 
presses itself in esteem, obedience, and service; toward inferiors in liberality, 
condescension, protection and support; toward equals, in the functions of affec- 
tion as their cases require, and for which they have ability. It includes all the 
tender efforts on the behalf of the poor, the sick, the fatherless, the widow, the 
distressed, those destitute of religious knowledge, and especially those "who are 
of the household of faith." (Gal. vi: 10.) Each man should compire his views, 
motives, and conduct with the Bible. If they agree with that, they are right, 
and he mny rejoice in them as evidences that he is born of God and is an heir of 
heaven^ But if they do not, they are wrong and must be changed, or whatever 
he or they may think, he will be an outcast from God and all good forever. 
Life is the seed time for eternity, and the fruit of what each one here sows he 
will there forever reap. "Let him that is taught in the Word communicate 
unto him that teacheth in all good things." (Gal. vi: 6.) Benefactions ought to 
be accompanied with TDrayer; for 'the fervent effectual praj^er of a righteous 
man availeth much." We should always manifest a deep interest, a tender sym- 
pathy in the joys and sorrows of others. Good men will desire to do good, not 
to friends only, or to such as do^good to them, but also to enemies and such as 
do evil. We may more clearly see the religious characters of men by their 
treatment of enemies than of friends ; and those destitute of religioos knowledge 
than those who possess it : "Rejoicing with them that do rejoice, and weep with 
them that weep." (Rom. xii: 15.) A spirit of beneficence generally arises from a 
spirit of benevolence, the love of mankind in general, accompanied with a desire 
to promote their happiness; extending to all men universally without excep- 
tion: and is the practice of it ; and is not so universal, as it is ; but is confined 
to objects around us from several considerations, such as our kaowlege of others, 
and their different circumstances, and our abilities and opportunities. "As we 
have, therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men," (Gal, vi: 10.) Our 


salvation, health, prosperity and reputation, should all be objects of concern; 
nor will this clash with the affection we may bear to others ; on the contrary, 
experiencino- the im[)ortance of these blessings ourselves, we are anxious for 
others to enjoy them also. We ov/e to men, purely on the ground of their being 
of the same species with ourselves, sympathy, relief and religious instruction. 
Obligations to beneficence arise from the law of nature : "And hath made of one 
blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath de- 
termined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation ; That 
they should seek the Lord, if happily they might feel after him, and find him, 
though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move and 
have our being ; as certain of your own poets have said, for we are also his off- 
spring." (Acts xvii: 26, 27 and 28.) If God has caused all men to spring from 
one family, and has determined the countries where they should live, and the 
periods of time during which they should occupy them ; and if the object of 
(rod in creatiou and providence, is that men maj^ know, worship and enjoy him; 
does not the laws of nature teach us that beneficence is a duty? And this they 
may do, for he is everyv/here present, sustaining, upholding, and governing all 
things. Your own poets — Aratus, of Ceiicia, a G-reek poet, who lived more than 
three hundred years before, and Cleanthes, who lived about the same time and 
was the successor of Zeno, the founder of the Stoics, both expressed tlie senti- 
ment referred to ; and Aratus expressed it in the very word which Paul quotes. 
As all the human race are the offspring, and are under the government of one 
common Father, they are all brethren of one famil}'^, and are bound to treat one 
another a^such. Each has rights given him by his Heavenly Father, of which 
no man or body of men can deprive him, v/ithout deep injustice against a brother 
and flagi'ant rebellion against God. But where the law of natures leaves us in 
obscurity, the law of revelation throws upon us the light of noonday. It is a •, 
pleasure to the christian, to impart blessings as opportunity afi'ords itself, to the 
needy. "But to do good and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacri- 
fices God is well pleased." (Ileb. xii: IG.) It is not enough for men to be pious, 
devotional and grateful. They must also be beneficent, disposed to communi- 
cate of their blessings to others. This they are prone to forget, and they need 
often to be reminded that it is with such things God is well pleased. They 
would thus give evidence that their natural selfishness, which, if continued, will 
ruin them, is in a way of being subdued. A spirit of beneficence, manifests it- 
self by being pleased Avith the share of good every creature enjoys; in a dispo- 
sition to increase it; in feeling an uneasiness at their suffering; and in the ab- 
horrence of cruelty under every disguise or pretext. 

System, is a connection of parts, of a whole connected scheme; systematic 
EEXEFiCEXCE is a scriptural method of liberality for the support of the poor and 
the spread of the gospel, and for the benefit of all that are needy^ The Taber- 
nacle was not only a type of Christ's human nature, but v\^as a type of Christ's 
Church, whose " tent was enlarged, and her curtains stretched out, her cords 
lengthened, and stakes strengthened," when the Gentiles were converted to 
Christ, and her gospel state established (Isaiah liv: 2) : and are to be still moi-e 
so when the heathen shall be converted to Christ. When Moses was to erect 
the Tabernacle, he gathered a congregation of the people, and, after repeating 
the law of the Sabbath, he asked their free gifts for it and its furniture. The 
spoils of the " Egyptians were brought as a free-will offering to Jehovah, jewels 
and precious metals, skins and woven fabrics, spices, oils, and incense." Two 
men were filled by God with skill for the work, Bezalell, the son of Uri, of the 
tribe of Judah, andAhohab, the son of Ahisomach, of the tribe of Dan; and 
they wrought with every wise-hearted man, in whom Jeiiovau 2:)ut wisdom and 
understanding to v/ork for the service of the sanctuary. They soon found the 
offerings of the people far above what was required. O, if we could see an Apos- 
tolic Church, what a different thing it would appear to one of our Churches ! as 
different as light from darkness. There was not a member of that Church, as a 
rule, who was half-hearted ; the}^ gave their soul wholly to God. In the Apostles' 


days they gave all their substance. It v/as not demanded of them then, and it is 
not now; no one thinks of asking such a thing ; still we have run to the other 
extreme, and many give nothing at all. For we have not the Apostolic mode of 
liberality, And while we need means, we want men with Apostolic zeal ; who 
can do as Paul did, when he went to Phillippi. Did he know a soul there ? Not 
one. He had the Redeemer's truth, and he believed in the power of it. Men 
will be rewarded in proportion to what, from love to Christ, they do for His 
cause. "Every man according as he purposeth in heart, so let him give, not 
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth the cheerful giver." (2 Cor. ix: 7.) 
Cheerful contributions for christians who are in v/ant, or those who are desti- 
tute of gospel truth, are peculiarly pleasing to God, and the greater the amount 
in proportion to their means, which any rightly bestow, the greater will be 
their reward. That which is given in expression of love to Christ by his sin- 
cere and devoted followers, is ofcen thought by others to be wasted and lost. 
But in the view of Christ it is well used, and he will see that it receives a gracious 
and an honorable reward. "There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth, and 
there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty." A sys- 
tem of beneficence, as directed by the Apostle, for the relief of poor saints at 
Jerusalem, was upon the first day of the week ; the day set apart and ob- 
served by the apostles and christians as the Lord's day, which is the Christian 
Sabbath. "jSTov/ concerning the collection for the Saints, as I have given order 
to the church at Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the v»^eek let 
every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be 
no gathering when I come. (1 Cor. xvi: 1, 2.) We believe that on that day every 
one ought to lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, at home on each 
and every Sabbath ; we believe that every one ought to consider the blessings 
of God upon thera, and lay up accordingly for the various benevolent causes, 
that there may be no improper gathering. As the first day of tlie week is the 
Lord's day, and from his resurrection has been observed by his people, as sacred 
to his worship, it is a proper time for us to consider his goodness, and contri- 
bute, or lay by in store, as he has prospered us, for tlie supply of the wants of 
our fellow men. Wise and good ministers exceedingly desire that christians should 
be prompt and liberal in their benefactions, and will be disposed to make 
honorable xi^ention of such as are so, that others may be led to imitate their exam- 
ple. Faithful ministers of the gospel will if practicable, induce their hearers to 
liberally contribute for the benefit of the needy, and for the spread of tlie gos- 
pel, and regular, systematic beneficence will, in the end,''be much more abun- 
dant than that which is merely occasional, and much more useful, both to giver 
and receiver. In forming plans for future action, we should remember our de- 
pendence on God, seek to understand his will, and commit ourselves in well-do- 
ing to his merciful guidance and disposal Christian Brethren, and even pious 
and faithful ministers of the gospel, may differ in judgment about the bes'„ way 
of doing good; and while they exercise the right of private judgment as to thefr 
own duty, they should cheerfully concede the same privilege 'to others. The 
possession of property involves high responsibilities, increases obligations, and 
multiplies duties. "JBnt whoso hath the world's good, and seeth'his brother 
have need, and shutteth up his bowels ot compassion from him, how dwelleth 
the love of God in him." (1 John iii: lY,) By the manner in which men use 
what they possess, they show their christian character, and the manner of their 
love to God and Jesus Christ. The Disciples at Jerusalem, continuing in the 
Apostles' doctrine, included the whole body of divine truth, which wtis based on 
the Old Testament, viewed in the new light of the Spirit, bestovv^cd upon the 
apostles to lead them into all truth. The fellowship, though a word used in a 
wide sense, which is familiar to us, seems here to denote that communication 
of the goods of this life which was needful to supply the necessities of the 
poorer brethren, and those starving for the bread of life, and the collec- 
tion of which seems to have formed a part of their united worship. If our 
churches were like the Disciples, and had a common fund, as theirs, to be divi- 


clecl oniony the poor, and to send the gospel where it is not; and we would 
carry into full effect the principle that "naught of the things which we possess 
is our own," our prayers, as theirs, would he answered hy another sign of God's 
presence, in the shaking of the place in which we meet, as theirs and Sinai was 
shaken of old ; and would be answered by a new outpouring; of the Holy Spirit. 
And the Apostolic work would be resumed with fresh ])Ower; and the church 
would be endued still more manifestly with divine grace and harmony. And 
the poor, who form a great part of our number, would be preserved from want; 
and the heathen, who form a greater part of the world, would receive gospel 
light and be saved, by sharing the wealth of the rest, according to their neces- 
sities. Brethren, let us try to be more systematic in our benefactions ; that in 
Heaven may be written in fairer lines, witli us, Jkiiovah is well pleased. And 
tna}- the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

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3itinu:te^ of i^e Jimg s U^untein §:Jj?lbt l^s^eriation. 

Fririfty September tlie 26tli, 1870. 

The KiN&'s ^fotNTAtx AssocrATtoN met wuh the '/Aou Church, at 
MoVlorkA. ]M. The Inll'odactory Sermon was delivered by Elder G. 
W. Kolliiip. Text, Jud*i (3rd verse. 

Kecess ot't!iirty miimieH. 

AFTERNOON Sli:ssto^^ 

Prayer by Elder J. D. Hiifham. Ehler T. Dickson, former Moder- 
ator, called the body to order, and proceeded to organii5e by appoiiitinj^ 
Elder A. A. McSwain and J. A. lioberts reading clerks. A call wau 
ihen made upon the churches tor their representation and statistics which 
was communicated by letter, and the dele2:at3s' names enrolled asloUoww: 

Saudt Run— Elder G. \V. Rollins, L. Jl. lioUins, B. B. Harris, 
W. B. Stroud and M. D. Padgett. » 

ZiON — A. C Erwir, D. Posten, J. 13. Weatliefs and A. Blantou. 

ZoAR— S. 11. Elliott, J. Hogue and P. D. Wilson. 

Double Spring — Elder J. H. Yarboro, E. J. Lovdace, J. M. 
Bridges and John Bridt'es. 

Xkw Bethel — K. \V. Gardner and Peny Wright. 

Plkapant Hjll— J. A. Roberts, J. Posten and H. Roberts, 

^iNT. Yeknon— W. p. Hull. 

Bid Spring— J. G. Latiimore and J. C. Geltys. 

BnuLKiiK.vf— Elder P. il. Elam,R. 0. Gladden and A. H. H^rH- 


(JoNcoKB— William ITanel!, W. H. Martin and J. M. Toms, 
]Mnt. ^I^AI— Elder L. H. McSwain and J. McS.vain. 
M.NT. PLFAj^ANf — No Uelej^aliui). 


BKVHTm.ur — N. S, Hirrell, B. ITainriok and C. GrcGn. 
Walls — W, 11. Stnnrt nnd Junies liohbins, 

Sandy T^lains — E. M. Sweasy, W. B. Bridgjes, J. P. Green and 
W. A. Crowd er. " ^ 

Bktiikl, E-UTiiERFORB Co. — Elder D, Pannell and Eld«r .T.' J. Jones. 
ITtgh Siioai. — J. M. Good, J. P. Biirojess and N. Dobbins. 
Mnt. Paran— a. Ear'ps, F. H. Bridges anA W. B. Marun. 
Mnt. IIarmoxy — J. Yeltonand.T. L. Pado-ptt. 

Boiling Spuing — Elder A. A. McSwain, G. P, namrick, B. IT. 
BridireB and J. Hamrick. 

Shklby— Elder G. M. Webb, J. .fenkins and L. N. Durham. 
('apkkn^um— Elder W. Hill and J. S. Wray. 

New Prosprct— Elder T. Dickson, J. L. Ledford, J. C. Iloyle, A. 
Beam, V. H. Elliott and M. Carpetiter. 

Mnt. Zion — E. Welman atid J. McGinnis. 
Bkthkl, IredeLl Co. — Elder J. K. llowell. 
Tiiessalonica — L. W, Coeheram. 
Antioch — H. Borders and H. Whistnant. 

Elected Elder G. W. Bollins Moderator, and B. IT. Bridges Clerk. 
On motion, called for corresponding messengers from sister associa- 
tions, and received as follows: 

From Byroad Ewer~-\i E. Porter, William Hamrick and W. B. 

From Green i^^uer— Elder B. E. Rollins and Elder C. B. Justice* 
From Catawba liluer — IT. Padgett. 

An invitation to visiting ministers was given, which was accepted by 
Elders L. C. Ezell, Pv. Post^n, L. McCnrry and J. D. Hut ham, V,oy. 
Sec. of the Baptist Slate Convention of North Carolina. 

Appointed Elder T. Dickson. Elder J. H. Yarboro and J. 0. J^atli- 
more. with the Moderb.tor and Clerk, to arrange the business of the As"* 
social ion. 

Appointed J. A. Roberts, B. B, Harris and E. J. Lovelace, with 
the Pastor and Deacotisot this church, a committee on religious exercises. 
On motion, adjourned till to-morrow mornii»i5 10 o'clock. 
Prayer by Elder J. K. Howell 

Saturday 10 A. M. 

The Association met, and, after prayer, by Elder VV. Hill, the ^lod- 
erator called the body to order. The roll were called and marked absen- 
tees. Proceedings of yesterday was read. 

The cliurch at Antioch, formerly a member of the Broad River Asso- 
ciatief), was received into this body. 

The Committee on Order ot Business reported. The report received 
and committee discharged. 

Rea<l the Constitution, rules of decorum and abstract of principals. 

The Missionary Boanl, of last year, reported and was discharged. 

The following commi tees were announced l)y the Moderator: 

;Subbaih Schools— ^Id^v J. K. Howell, A." C. Erwin and J. C. 
Getty s. 

Missions— ^\^f^\' Q. M. Webb, Elder J. D. Hufham, N. Irbbins 
and J. L. Ledford. 


FhuDtre—^. Jenkins, J. Ifninrick an<l U'. !>. Stvoiul. 
7W()c//c^</s~-Elcler A. A. INIcSwain, J. M. Toms and E, M' Sweasy. 

CT/zio?/ J/e>e^m^s— Elder T. Dickson, Elder D. Pannell and N. S. 

Of)ituarles—lj. E. TloHins, Licentiate, G. P. Ilamiiok, Lieenliate, 
J. M. B rid ires. 

Mlucafion—Eldev J. IT. Yarboro, Elder W* Hill and Elder L. II. 

Ihiijtercmce- 1 . A. U<»bertP, L. N. Dnrhain and William Ilarrell. 

On motion, Suspended the system of wriiino; letters to sister associ- 
ations with wh,)m wo con-espond. Appointed messensjfers as follows : 

To the Broad jRiye?"~Elders P. Ji, Elam, T. Dickson, J. J. JoneH 
and A. A. MeSwain. 

7b the Green Biver—¥.\ders G. W. Rollins, G. M. Webb, II. 
Poslen and A. A. McSwain. 

7'o the Catawba liiver— Elders W. Hill and J. K, Howell. 

The importance of snstniniiig our beneficiaries at Wake Forist, was 
next considered. Alter a<ldresses by Elders Hufham, Hill, Webb and 
others, pledjjces were made, amonnfin<r to ^90, lor that purpose. 

The Association then adjourne<l lor one hour. 

AfTERN')oN riKS^iox. 
Appointed Elder W. Hill to preach the next Introductory Sermoti. 
Elder T. Dickson alternate. 

A})poitited Elder G, M. Webb to preach the Missionary Sermon al 
the next session ol the Association. Elder T. Dickson alternate. 

App(unted Elder 0. B. Justice to preacli at lO A. M. to-morrow. In 
the atternoon Elder L. McCurry. 

The committee on missions reported as follows.* 
Statk Missions. 
Since your last session there have been in the field, in different parts 
of the Slate, about forty missionaries. They have been o<^cupyiNg impor- 
tant positions in tows and in the country. Their labors have been atteii- 
<led by most pleasing results. IJouscm of worship have been commenced 
or tinishe<l. Churches liave been organized, and many precious souls 
have been converted and baptized. 

In this Association, Elder G, M. Webl) has be<'n laboring at ^.wo 
]K)ints, and at oneoftiiema gracious out-pouring of the Spirit lias been 
enjoyed and more than thirty persons haye been baptized. Surely we 
ought to tiiank God and take courage. 

There has heen a lack, during the year just closing, of the liberality 
usually extended to this work by the churcii3s. 

VVe Wi)uld commend it to the Pastors, sviihiu our bounds, and urge 
that they bring it before their churches, at least, once a year and ask for 
contributions to carry it on. 

Foreign Missions. 
The Southern Baptists are occupying Stations in foreign lands as fol- 
lows: Africa and Italy. In China there are fifteen missionaries an<l 
li.urtoen nativj assistants. In Italv there is one missionary and six native 

evnn2,.li,K I„ AC.ica ll,e,« are thirleen labo>-,.,-s. In all there ai-e forlv- 
"r^-r's^IZS:,! "^^^'^•~----' ^>- '"« ''be-Hty of the iJaptills 

r^J'Tn rl- *^"'";'"m r* "'" -"^'^ tl'^'-ecome, tl.e most encourasixg re- 
pons. In CI, na, at all the stations, the congregations are s,varmii,| i„ 
..un.l.ers ami interest. an,l new 8iati3ns are calling for laborerr * 
,),„ . ■". ^'■■' V" '"''^^« '»^e'i disai,,,ointefl in secnring a ho.i.e ot 'worship in 

e C,ty ot Rome -n,. funds raised are securely invested, and, whe M 
the Providence ot God the way may be opened, they will be nsed or the 
imrpose designed by .he oonliibutors. j'leanwJiilcithe prea', i' ^ o tie 
gospel goes on and blessed« are growing ont ot it. Thesnpervi^^on o^ 
the work m that tiei. has been entrus.e,! to Elder George B. Tay or o \'a 
a brother whose praise is in all the cliurches ° ^ ' ' 

Our missions in Africa are in a hopetul condition. There ha<« been 
some lack ot the usua growth in our missions in that benighted hZ be- 
ca 1 e we have hart no while miss.cnary for two years ov more 'it is 
contemplated to appoint a missionary «t an earlv dav 

It IS gratifying to know that the Lord is blessing the etTorts of hi, 
peojile to spread thy gospel in lieathern lands. 

It IS, however, matter for hnmiliation that there seems to be so little 
o the spirit ot foreign mission in this Association. Only one of tie 
churches reports anvcontribnli(n,s lor this givat enlernrise d rin° .h! 
yearnow closing. Surely this ought not so°to be. S ns a vakfn to 
our duty and endeavor to be more diligent for the 

After being addressed by Elders 'i;.ahaTHln'!;KP'\V™b"-„pon 
borne missions a collection was made, for that ' purpose, amountii.To 
kSS^ib ; and tlie n-port adopted. ^ ' ^uutm., lo 

Adjourned till 91 o'clock Monday mornin<r 
Prayer by Elder C. B. Justice. 

Sabbath morning, lO o'clock. 
The stand was occupied by Elder C. B. Justice who' r!^i;v«,.«;i 
interesting sermon to a arge and attentive con'r"^^^ xlxt Heb" 

Al; 1. Followed by Elder W. Hill. Text, Gd. VI: o aS ^^dch 
a collection was made, amountinir to ^45,80. After a roZ^^nl^l. 
the stand wa. again occupied l>^ Elder l! McC^I y.^Te^^^^^^^ 
la. Prayer by Elder T. Dickson. Benediction l.y Elder G Vv Jio f ^ 
im The word of truth was delivered with energy and ^^reat /ea land it 
3s hoped that much good will be realized Iron. tI%^abo.^ ofthe day an 
may God bless them and make them productive ot much a.LnL ti ^' i 
lo those who were present on the occasion, ^"'^ lasting good 

rr, Monday. 9» a. m. 

..11 1 '"" Association met. Prayer by Elder P. H. Elam. The roll wa^ 
cd to'Lush;eL:^^"""^ '' '^^^°"^^^^ '-^^^ i^--"^' the Association ;:;^c:ed! 

The connnittee submitted the followin<^ 

Kepout on Obituauiks: 

During the past associaiional year death has invaded Our ranks an J 

taken, irom amorg us, a number ot our most consifitont, devoted and be- 
loved members, loo tedious to mention all their names, we, therefore, re- 
Irain irom iniroducinsj any of their names, but would sympathyse with 
the relatives and friends of the departed ones. May they be resigned to 
the will of the Lord. But while we lament the death of some of our mem- 
bers, we rejoice that so many of our lives have be*»n perpetuated and pre- 
served. L, R. EOLLINS, Chairman. 

The report was adopted. 

The committee on Snbbath Scbools reported as follows : 
Report on Sabba.ih Schools. 

1st. There are half of the churches in the Association without a Sun- 
day School. 

2nd. If possible, every church oui^ht 16 have a Sunday School for 
the benefit of the children, the members of the church and the pastor. 
The Sunday School is a work for the good of all and the glory ot God. 

.3rd Cliildren have a right to be taught. Christians have knowledge 
partly in trust lor all mankind, and not to give it ; is to withhold what is 
lawfully their due. "Owe no man anything, but to love him." 

4th. Children, little children, have a right to come to Christ. Let 
the Bride in the Sunday School, sav come. 

5th. They have a right to the Gospel. To obey God, ministers must 
give it to them. Gather them in Sunday School that they may belter 
read and learn the way of life. 

J. K HOWELL, Chairman. 
Report adopted. 
Tlie committee on Finance reported as follows : 

Minutes $49.00 

State Missions, sent up by churches , 26.65 

State Missions, collected on Saturday 33.45 

Foreign Missions, sent up by churches 4.95 

Foreign Missions, collected on Sabbath 46.80 

Total $159 85 

J. JENKINS, Chairman 
On motion the committee on Union Meetings was authorized to con- 
sider the importance of le-districting the Association, and report accord- 
ingly.^ ' 

The committee on Feriodicals made the following report : 

Rkpout on Pkbiodicals. 

We believe that great good has been accomplished by ihe reading ot 
Religious Journals in our families. 

We, therefore, recommend, to the brethern, the Biblical Recorder, 
the great defender of Baptist principals. We think that every baptist in 
tlie State, should take and read t!ie Recorder, and hope tliat the pastors 
and brethren of this Association will feel it to be their duty, to mtrediice 
and circulate this paper that all may read it. 

We, also, recommend the Kind Words, published at Memphis Ten- 
nessee,— an excellent Sunday School paper. 

This little sheet is valuable to children, and all who read it. 

A. A. McSWAlN, Chiilrmau. 

T t^^Vt* '^''^' ''^•'^>l>li'"» <>f ^l»^' above ivi,orr,, \vc w(3rc aadres-e-l bv Elder 
J-. U Hut iKUM, who I'epivseiiteil the Biblical Rec(mler,:wlucli added to 
his list, thn-ty-four subscribers. 

The (•,omrnitlee()n lTni(>ii Meetings roeommend that, the Asaoeialion 
bedivided into two secli(>ns,ai)d, that the First Broad River be the es- 
tablished line, all chiircnes East otsaid river, to constitute the fiist sec- 
tion all West, second section, and further recoinnfiend, that the next U,,. 
ion Meetinir be held with the 8hell)y Clmrch, com.nencino- on Friday 
before the ^'m-d Sabbai^h in May, 1874. Aopointed to attend'sai.l meeting 
LkbM-sG. M. Webb, J. K. Howell, T. Dickson and A. A. iMcSwain: 

Jveport adopted. 

The committee on Education reported. 

IIkpokt on Edcjcatiok. 

We are glad to o])serve that there seems to be increased interest 
manifested among our pe.vple upon the great subject of educaiion, and 
still hope lo see the pe(>ple more urgent, and more aroused in tlie educa- 
tion of the rising general ion, tha?i thev ever have been. 

We ary truly glad to know that tliere is and effort beino- made for 
the endowment of Wake Forest Colleire, "^ 

. We most heartily endorse that effi>rt, and will aid it in any w^v wa 
can. We regara W, F. C, as the center puiut, and the polar star, to 
which we hope to see our young men h)ok with proud anticipations. 

We, particularly, recommend our young brethern in the ministry to 
receive a course of instruction at W. F. C ; and those who go as benefici^ 
aries, ^we think it is our duty to aid them, and sustain tliem if possible 
We,, would bring to the notice of this body. Bridges' Academy loca- 
ted si.v and a half miles west of Shelby, and heartily recommend it to the 
favorable consuieration of tlie denomination. Brethren F'5rid<»-es and Yar- 
boro who have charge of this Academy, make it their c7.ief object to 
bUnd morals and religion with literary traimuL^ We ho[>e to see our in^ 
Ftitutions ot learning well cared lor, and more interest than ever manite^J- 
led, m them. Kespectful]y submitted, 

„ , , J- H. YARBORO, Chirman. 

Kepoi't ad<»pted. 

The Report on Temperance was read and adopted. 


Tn order to be tem!)erate, we understand that we must abstain from 
all things hiirilul. Inii, ilie eominoii acceptation of the term, applies to 
inloxicatinu lujunrs, liie nnikiiig, vending and usnjg as a beverage. The 
holy scriptures tell u^, "wineisa mocker, litrong 'drink is ragin'o-, aiid 
whosoever is deceive.l thereby is net wise." "Look not upon the wine." 
*-Who h.'ith woe'-^ who li.iih sorrow? who hath wounds without cause? 
They that tarry long at the wine, they that seek mixe<l wine." "It bi- 
tetli like a serpent, and siingeth like an add-r. Tiie Scriptures abound in 
adnioniiions on this subject. Associations everv year speak out on this 
subject, but, unless the ciuirches act, little will be' affected in this direc 
tion. Intemperance is a great hindrance to the successful preaching of 
the gospel ; the cause of many troubles in our churches. Let us, tlTere- 
fore, as cln-istians, strive to cleanse ourselves of this irrea^. evil. By 
united and persevering efforts, and by the help of t lie grace of God, this 

lilivbe accomplished. Resppctliillv, 

J. A. KOBEiriS, Chairman. 
Report Afiopted. 

It was agreed to liohl tlie nejtt session of the Association with the 
cluircli at Sandy Run, commencing on Friday before the 4th Sabbath in 
September 1874. 

Tlie churcli at Bethel, Tredell Co , was, al her own request, dismissed 
Irom this body to join a new Association 

Resolved, tliat a com-nittee of tliree, be appointed to revise the Con 
stitution, Rules ot Decorum and Abstract ot Principals, ot this Associ-iUou, 
md report on Friday at the next session of this Association App )inted 
astolhnvs; Dr. L. N Durham, Elder J. H. Yarboro, wiih the Clerk. 
Tiie Missionary board as lollows: J. Jenkins, J. L Ledlord and E, 
J. Lovelace. 

Resolved that the deligates be requested to present the subject of 
missions to their respective cliurches and endevor to secure the adoption 
of some systematic plan for i-aising funds for that object. 

Resolved that this Association lecomend Saturday before the 2nd 
Sunday in November next, as a day of prayer and thanksgiving to the 
Lord for his abundant crops; and more especially, tor the outporeing <?f 
his Holy Spirit upon many of our churches iu the salvation of many 

Tlte following Brethren wer appointed as delegates to the Baptist 
State Oonveutio!;: T. Dickson, Q. M' Webb, J. Jenkins, A. 0. 
Ervin, A. C. Dickson, J. M. Webb, L. R. Rollins, L. N. Durham, 
W. Hill, and J. K. Howell. 

Proceedings ot present Session read and a|)proved. 
'J'he clerk was i^rdcred to superintend the printing and distribution of 
the mi'iuies, and retain ten dollars tor his services. 

Resolved, that tiie thanks ol this body are due and are hereby ten- 
dered to the members ot this church and the community for their gener> 
ous iiospiiality during our present Session. 

On motion, aiijourne I to meet with Sandy Run church, 9J miles 
west ot Shelby, on Friday before the 4Lh Sabbatii in beptember, 1874. 
Praver by Elder C. B. Justice. 

G. W. ROLLINS, Moderator. 
B. H. BRIDGES, Clerk. t a. b x. 

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Sandy Run, Cleaveland County, N. C, 

SEPTEMBER 25, 26, 27 & 28,1874 



Dec, 1874. 


Friday, Sept. 25th, 1874. 

The delegates of the King's Mountain Association met 
with the Church at Sandy Run, at 11 o'clock, A. M. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder Wade 
Hill. Text: Isaiah 62:6. 

Recess of thirty minutes. 


Religious exercises by Elder A. C. Dickson. 

Elder G. W. Rollins, former Moderator, called the body 
to order. 

Appointed Elders J. H. Yarboro and A. C. Dickson Read- 
ing Clerks. 

The letters were read, and delegates' names enrolled as 
follows : 

Sandy Butv—KXAqv G. W. Rollins, Brethren B. B. Harris, W. B. Stroud, M. 
D. Padgett, Robt. McBrayer and W. B. Lovelace. 

Zion — Elder R. Posten, Brethren J. D. Weathers, A. J. Erwin and A. C. Er- 
win, Licentiate. 

Zoar — Brethren J. R. Logan, Jacob Hogue and P. D. Wilson. 

Double Spring— Elder J. H. Yarboro, Brethren E. J. Lovelace, A. Crowder 
and J. M. Bridges, Licentiate. 

I^ew Bethel— Brethren W. A. Thompson, Perry Wright, D. Cline and J. M, 

Pleasant Hill— Brethren J. A. Roberts, W. A. J. Hamrick and H. Borders 

Mt. Vern/m— Brethren W. J. Wesson and S. J. Weaver. 

Big Spring—Brethren J. 0. Lattimore and W. P. Withrow. 


BethleJiem — Elder P. R. Elam, Brethren John Barber, R. C. Gladden and A 
H. Hern don. 

Olivet — No delegation. 

Concord — William Harrell, Licentiate, Brethren G. T. Bostic and W. H. 

Thessalonica — Brother J. J. Sigman. 

Betnel — Elders D, Pannell and J. J. Jones. 

Mt Sinai — Elder L, H. McSwain and Brother S. Wylie. 

Mt. Pleasant — Brethren T. D. Scruggs, J. A. Scruggs, J. W. McGrinnis and 
John Ruppe, Licentiate. 

Beawr-dam — Elders William McSwain, Martin Pannell, Brethren N. S. Har- 
rell and B, Hamrick. 

Walls- Brethren Charles Telton, W. T. Davis and John Smart. 

Sandy Plains — Brethren J. P. Green, W. A. Crowder, W. B. Bridges and J. 
B. Walker. 

High Shoal— Bveihv&n J. M. Good, Thomas Wilkins, David Matheny and J. 
P. Burgess. 

Mt. Paran — Brethren Isaac Moore, Peter Sepaug andF. H. Bridges. 

Mt. Harmony — Brethren H. A. Toney and J. L. Padgett. 

Boiling Spring — Elder A. A. McSwain, Licentiates G. P. Hamrick, R. N. 
Hawkins and Brother B. H. Bridges. 

>S^%— Elders G. M. Webb, W. W. Guinn and Brother J. Jenkins. 

Capernaum — Elder Wade Hill and Brother J. S. Wray. 

2ifev) Prospect — Elder T. Dixon, Brethren J. L. Bedford, J. 0. Hoyle, A^ 
Beam, Elphus Hamrick and Samuel Harrell. 

Mt. Zion — Brethren E. R. Welman and J. R. Moss. 

Antioch — Brethren H. Borders, E. Harden and J. R. Dixon. 

New Hope — Brethren A. Earles, James Rippy, R. E. Harrell and Henry Bor- 

Lincoln — No delegation. 

New Hope, a new constitution, made application to join 
this body, and was received. 

Re-elected Elder G. W. Eollins, Moderator, and B. H. 
Bridges, Clerk. 

The usual invitation was given to Correspondents from 
sister Associations, and received as follows : 

Bwoid River — None. « 

Oretn Biver — Elder A. D. Davidson. 

Appointed a Committee on Order of Business as follows : 
Elders Wade Hill, J. H, Yarboro, Bro. J. Jenkins, with the 
Moderator and Clerk. 


Appointed Brethren H. Borders, J. C. Lattimore and 
Thomas Wilkins, with the Pastor and Deacons of this 
Church, a Committee on Religious Exercises. 

The Committee appointed to amend the Constitution re- 
ported, and to-morrow after the report of the Committee on 
Order of Business, was set apart for its consideration. 

On motion, adjourned till to-morrow, 10 A. M. Prayer 
by Elder J. K. Howell. 

Saturday, 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Prayer was offered by Elder P. R. Elam. 

The roll was called. 

The proceedings of yesterday were read and approved. 

Committee on Order of Business reported. 

The report received and Committee discharged. 

Read the Constitution, Rules of Order and Abstract of 

The following Committees were announced by the Mod- 
erator : 

Missions — Elders G. M. Webb, Wade Hill and Brother E. J, Lovelace. 

Sabhath Schools — Brethren J. E. Logan, G. P, Hamrick and J. M. Bridges. 

Finance — Brethren J. Jenkins, J. P. Burgess and T. D. Scruggs, 

Periodicals — Elder J. H. Yarboro, Brethren J. C. Lattimore and J. 0. Hoyle. 

Union Meetings — Elders P. R. Elam, William McSwain and Brother G.T. 

Education— EidiQrs W. W. Guinn, R. Poston and Brother W. A. Thompson. 

Temperance — Elder A. A. McSwain, A. C. Erwin, Licentiate, and Brother 
H. Borders. 

Obituaries— Eidiev T. Dixon, Brethren J. A. Roberts and William Harrell . 

Called for Correspondents from sister Associations, and 
the following were received : 

Broad i^i^er— Brethren W. R. Lipscomb, W, S. Wood, John Ham and D- 
G. Palmer. 


Green JRiver — Brother D. D. Lattimore. 

Catawba River — Brother Daniel Ca penter. 

South Yadkin — Elder J. K. Howell and Brother J. J. Hicks. 

An invitation to visiting Ministers was given, and accept- 
ed by Elder A. C. Dixon, and J. D. Huf ham, Corresponding 
Secretary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 

The proposed Constitution was taken up, and after some 
discussion, the Association adjourned for one hour. 


The Constitution was again taken up for further consid- 
eration, and, after much discussion, was finally tabled. 

Appointed Elder T. Dixon to preach the Introductory at 
the next meeting of this body ; Elder G. M. Webb, alternate. 

Elder Wade Hill was appointed to preach the Missionary 
Sermon at the next session of the Association ; Elder G. M. 
Webb, alternate. 

It was agreed to hold the next session of this Association 
with New Hope Church, commencing on Friday before the 
fourth Sabbath in September, 1875. 

The Missionary Board of last year reported, and was dis- 

Elder J. D. Huf ham was appointed to preach at 10, A. 
M., to-morrow ; in the afternoon, Elder W. W. Guinn. 

On motion, adjourned to meet Monday, 9 o'clock. Prayer 
by Elder D. Pannell. 


The stand was occupied by Elder J. D. Hufham, at 10 
o'clock, A. M., who exhibited the word of life to a large and 
well ordered congregation. Text : Luke 7:34. 

Followed by Elder G. M. Webb, who preached the Mis- 
sionary Sermon, under an appointment of last year ; at the 
close of which, a collection was made amounting to $46 50. 
Text : Mark 16:15. 

A recess of one hour. 


By reason of the inclemency of the weather, the congre- 
gation was much disturbed, but after assembling in the 
house. Elder W. W. Guinn delivered an interesting sermon. 
Text : 2nd Cor. 8:9. 

It is hoped that the labors of the day may be blessed to 
the good of souls. 

Monday Morning, 9, A. M. 

Prayer by Elder J. H. Yarboro. 
' Called the roll and proceeded to business. 
The Committee on Periodicals reported as follows : 


Youl' Committee on Periodicals recommend the Biblical Recorder to the favor- 
able consideration of this body, and not only to this body, but to all Baptists 
of the State. It is universally acknowledged and regarded as the organ of the 
Baptists of the State ; we therefore suggest that the Pastors of our Churches 
act as agents for the paper, and make a united effort to give it a more extensive 
circulation. In doing this, we not only assist the Editor, but wield an exten- 
sive influence for the dissemination of light and truth. 

And to Sunday School Students and Teachers, we have no hesitancy in re- 
commending Kind Words. 

J. H. 

The report was adopted. 


The report on Missions was was read as follows : 



There is only one organization which has for its object to combine the Bap- 
tists of North Carolina in the great work of Home Missions. That organiza- 
tion is the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina^ with which this Asso- 
ciation is co-operating. For more than forty years this body has kept the 
claims of State Missions steadily in view, and the efforts that have been put 
forth have been greatly blessed of God. During the past year,^ there has been 
a large number of laborers in different parts of the State, and much good has 
been done. Churches have been organized ; houses of worship have been built,, 
and others are in progress ; sinners have been converted ; and neighborhoods 
which would otherwise have been destitute, have been supplied with the preach- 
ing of the Gospel in its purity. 

Partly owing to the financial pressure prevailing throughout the country ; 
partly from other causes the churches have not been as liberal as usual. The 
churches of this body have contributed only seventy-five dollars during the- 
year. Surely this ought not so to be. We commend this enterprise to their 
prayerful consideration, and ask whether they should not do more than they 
have done. 


Cheering intelligence comes to us from our brethren in heathen lands. The 
work is spreading in all directions, and is growing in power as well as extent. 
Over against this bright p icture is set the sad fact that the churches at home 
are not a\ive to the importance of the work. 

G. M. WEBB, Chairjnan. 

Eeport adopted. 

After the adoption of this report, addresses were made by 
Elders Webb and Huf ham, which resulted in pledges being 
made to the amount of $62.50. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported the follow- 
ing : 


It is certainly obvious to the most superficial observer that great and lasting^ 
good to the cause of religion is almost continually resulting and developing it- 
self from Sabbath School labor. The Sabbath Sehool system is now recognized 
by almost all as one of the chief auxilliaries or bulwarks af the church, and 


justly deserves the consideration and admiration of the body. We are glad to' 
notice that several of the churches are giving heed to, and practicing, on the 
advice heretofor given by the Association in this particular, and have flourish- 
ing schools ; while on the other hand, we are sorry to notice that others seem 
to neglect the duty so often urged upon their attention. 

Dear brethren, your Committee, in the discharge of their duty, can only in- 
sist that the Association continue to agitate and urge the delinquent churches 
to fall into line at once, and solicit from each and every one of them a full re- 
port of operations at the next session of this body. Being so often importuned^ 
we hope they will take the more earnest heed to the admonition given. 

J. K. LOGAN, Chairman, 

Eeport adopted. 

The Committee on Union meetings reported : 

That the next Union Meeting will be held with the Church at Sandy Plains 
on Friday before the third Sabbath in August, ISYS. 

Appointed to attend said meeting : Elders T. Dixon, A. 
A. McSvv^ain, L. H. McSwain, William McSwain and R. 

Committee on Finance reported the following : 


Amount received for Minutes, $53 15 

" " ** Missions, '75 00 

J. JENKINS, Vhairman. 

The Committee on Education failed to report. 
The Clerk was authorized to write the report. 


Within the bounds of this Association there has been, during^ 
the past Associational year, quite an increased interest in this sub- 
ject. Houses are being built in several localities; one has just 
been completed on our lines, near the Burnt Chimneys, superin- 
tended by Elder J. H. Yarboro ; another on Buffalo, near Caper- 
naum Church ; and others are being erected in other places. 

While we are glad to know this, we cannot but urge that a 
greater interest be manifested upon the part of this body. The 
subject of Education should anxiously concern every member, if 


we would prosper as a denomination. You, who have children to 
educate, should remember that time is fast fleeting on, soon be too 
late, as with us. Brethren, you are the educators ; it is by your 
aid, your influence, your sympathies and your prayers, that our 
schools are successful ; and, if this body would unite in one gen- 
eral efibrt, as a body of educators, we would soon bring up our 
denomination to the desired point. Could we get a Baptist move- 
ment in this direction, the result would be the uprooting of igno- 
rance, and the diffusion of general intelligence. 

There is no lack of schools within the limits of this Association 
if they were only patronized. The following are now in opera- 
tion : first, one in Shelby, that is every way worthy of your pat- 
ronage. Elder W. W. Guinn, principal ; secondly. Bridges Acad- 
emy, which asks a liberal share of your patronage ; thirdly, Burnt 
Chimneys, which calls for her share. Brethren, these are in our 
midst, and will compare well with other portions of the State, if 
they were properly sustained by you. Let us try to create a gen- 
eral sentiment among the churches of this Association in favor of 
the diffusion of knowledge among our children. Let every one 
be impressed with the duty of sustaining their own schools, and 
learning for himself the way of life and not depend upon those 
who have not our interests. 

As a denomination we cannot excuse ourselves on the grounds 
that we have no denominational schools. Wake Forest College 
equals any in the State, and is one which thoroughly teaches and 
practices the doctrines of the Scriptures held by us as Baptists. 
This surely makes us subject to a high obligation to sustain said 
school in imparting these principals to our people. As Baptists, 
we claim to be the champions of civil religious liberty, and how 
can we shun the imperative duty of patronizing and contributing 
in behalf of this institution. If we would be true to ourselves 
and our principles, we must lend our influence and our means to 
those teaching and practicing such principles. 

We wish for success in all the efforts being made to endow Wake 
Forest College, and hope that this Association will not be tardy 
in furnishing her part. We think it the proper place for a thorough 
course of instruction and Baptist training. Young ministers es- 
pecially, who are called of God, should receive a course of train- 
ing at this place ; and would urge that the churches take an in- 
terest in sending them for the apostolic training. Christ taught 
a three years school before his students were allowed to enter 
wholly upon the work. Our failure, brethren, of following this 
example, and not only failure, but the oppositson to and the rush- 
ing of them unto the pulpit unprepared for the work, is the leading 
cause of errors being made by our ministers. It is an obstacle 
which impedes the progress of our denomination. We would say 
to the brethren, who feel that it is their duty to exercise a public 
gift, to look to the east and consider whether you are prepared for 
the work that God requires at your hands. We believe in a call 
to the ministry ; but as to what constitutes this call, we do not 
propose to say, only that it is to prepare for the preaching of the 
Gospel. This seems to be a task to those of much experience ; 
they (the older ministers) seem to dread the work assigned them, 
and would prefer some other department of christian duty. How 
is it with the inexperienced who feels that he is called of God and 


must enter upon the greatest work fallen to man— the preaching 
of the Gospel of the Son of God. 

Baptists out number all other denominations in the State, and 
should therefore become the leaders in Education. Our children 
stand in need of it, and let every member of this Association re- 
cognize it as his duty to educate his children ; these are the obli- 
gations of Baptists, if we be right in our belief. Brethren, then 
of the King's Mountain Association, we call upon you to consider 
our interests educationally ; give your sympathies ; unite your 
energies ; direct your influence ; aid in supporting denomination- 
al schools, and rnake one general effort to dethrone ignorance and 
establish the reign of knowledge and truth within our borders. 


The Committee on Obituaries submitted the following 


Your Committee on Obituaries are glad to state that so far as 
our information extends but few of our number have been called 
from our midst, and the letters sent up from our churches have 
not gives the names of any; we are therefore unable to particular- 
ize ; but in looking over the ministry, our hearts are made sad at 
the absence of Brother L. B. Rollins, since our last session. God 
has called him into the Association of angels; he will meet with 
us no more on earth. This young minister was a model of piety, 
zealous in the defence of the Gospel, and an excellent preacher. 
In the bloom of youth, and in the midst of his preparation for a 
thorough course of literary training at Wake Forest College, God 
has called him home. 

In morality and religious zeal, no young man in the limits of 
our knowledge was his superior. 

In his death our hearts are pervaded with a moral sublimity, 
which teaches us that we should submit to the dispensation of a 
wise Providence, and may we all be as well prepared to cross over 
the Jordan that now separates us from him. 

T. DIXON, Chairman. 

The report was adopted. 

The report on Temperance was read as follows : 


Temperance has been defined moderation ; we would say, then, 
that it is a principle of government within ourselves, which en- 
able us to abstain from excessive eating, drinking or any enjoy- 
ment. A spirit of it is opposed to any and every excess by which 
our faculties are impaired or the moral habits rendered unchaste. 

While excessive eating and drinking produces bodily diseases, 


it has a tendency to blind the mind, stupify the conscience, and 
corrupt the heart. 

Christians should not indulge in these sins, but should oppose 
others indulging in them, for they unfit them for the discharge of 
duty, and hinders their usefulness, and prevents their being pre- 
pared for the coming of Christ. 

Intemperance, in the use of ardent spirits, had become preva- 
lent in this section of our country and all most threatened entire 
ruin till a vast number of pious men, alarmed at the approaching 
dangers, rose to check its evil and baneful practices. In the 
Churches and Associations were the only places to give an effec- 
tive check, and in them, efforts have been efficiently made for re- 
formation ; sermons have been preached, addresses delivered, 
means employed and measures carried into effect; and, by the 
blessings of God, the growth of its evil is not only checked, but a 
great reformation has been the result. It was the purpose of 
those who began to sound the alarm to continue, and not to cease, 
till such liquors were not used. Every true friend of religion, or 
of his country, is bound by the principles of temperance to labor 
to the utmost extent of his ability for general reform ; and to en- 
deavor to have such measures carried into effect as will suppress 
every evil of intemperance. We hope sincerely that all will con- 
tinue to labor for its suppression till its evil will be no more, that 
the souls and usefulness of men shall not be destroyed by it. 

A. A. McSWAIN, Chairman. 

Eeport adopted. 

Appointed Messengers to the several Associations as fol- 
lows : 

To the Broad Eiver — Elder L. H. McSwain and Brother J. R. Logan. * 
To the Green River — Elders A. A. McSwa^n, J. H. Yarboro, Gr. M. Webb, 

R. Poston, G. W. Rollins, W. Hill, T. Dixon, A. C. Dixon, A. 0. Erwin and 

Brother B. H. Bridges, 
tiouth Yadkin — Elder A. A. McSwain. 

The following were appointed as delegates to the Baptist 
State Convention : Elders T. Dixon, G. M. W ebb, A. C. 
Dixon, G. W. Kollins, A. A. McSwain, Brethren J. Jenkins, 
W. A. Thompson and B. H. Bridges. 

The proceedings of the present session were read and ap- 

The Clerk was ordered to superintend the printing of the 
minutes, and distribution of the same, and retain ten dol- 
lars for his services. 


Hesohed, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby tendered to 
the members of tbis Church and community for their generous hospitality 
during our present session. 

On motion, adjourned to meet with New Hope Church, 
seven miles south of Shelby, on Friday before the fourth 
Sabbath in September, 1875. Prayer by Elder T. Dixon. 


B. H. Bridges, Clerk. 


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